It appears that Disney is continuing to eat it for its decision to fire James Gunn from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. While production for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 remains on hold as the studio continues to seek a replacement director, directors Edgar Wright and Chris Miller have taken to social media to troll the studio for their hasty and increasingly unpopular decision to fire Gunn.
When Twitter user @fakenewsmags tweeted: “hi @DisneyStudios @MarvelStudios please hire someone for #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy already i vote @edgarwright, @philiplord/@chrizmillr, or @TaikaWaititi and i would be happy to explain these suggestions,” Wright (Baby Driver, Shaun of the Dead) himself chimed in to offer his two cents: “I'd like to throw in this suggestion too: @JamesGunn.”
To which The LEGO Movie co-director Miller responded: “He would be a good fit tonally.”
So, those are two directors that don't seem to want the gig. (Wright was originally hired to direct Ant-Man, but left the film over creative issues.)
And even Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi joined in the fun, replying to Miller's tweet with: "Agreed. @JamesGunn would bring a fresh energy and style that the first two films were lacking."
Gunn, who directed the first two Guardians films and turned in a script for the third film, was fired as writer and director from the franchise by Disney and Marvel Studios in July after alt-right bloggers resurrected distasteful rape and pedophilia jokes he posted on Twitter roughly a decade prior.
This move from Disney and Marvel caused immediate backlash, both from fans and the cast. Even Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige lobbied to get Gunn rehired. But Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn stood by the decision to part ways with Gunn.
Since then, the production for the third Guardians film has been put on – and remains on – indefinite hold. And no; they haven’t yet found a replacement director (and it most likely won't be Vice director Adam McKay).