Three weeks after writer/director James Gunn was removed as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Marvel Studios is reportedly attempting to persuade Disney to rehire the filmmaker.
The intel comes from Deadline, which reports that the discussion between Disney and Marvel Studios is an amicable one that stemmed from the entire Guardians cast releasing an open letter, declaring their unequivocal support for Gunn, who helped turn a little-known Marvel team into an iconic household name.
Nevertheless, it is presumed that the likelihood of bringing Gunn back to close out his trilogy is pretty much a longshot at this point in time; as of yesterday, it was confirmed that Disney still plans to use his already-written screenplay. With that in mind, it's still promising if Kevin Feige is personally advocating on Gunn's behalf to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn, or perhaps even Disney CEO Bob Iger.
But what could it mean for Gunn if Feige is successful? Will he be allowed a temporary pass, so that he can finish what he started, or will he be restored to his former position with a full apology?
Disney severed ties with Gunn during San Diego Comic-Con after a number of the director's old tweets, concerning jokes on a number of crass subjects, were resurfaced. A number of celebrities have spoken out in support of him, going so far as to leave Twitter in outrage. In addition, a fan petition has accumulated over 370,000 signatures calling for Gunn to be reinstated.