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Sean Gunn confirms that Disney will still use brother James Gunn's script for Guardians Vol. 3

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Sep 25, 2018, 12:12 PM EDT (Updated)

James Gunn may be out as director on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but his storytelling voice sure isn't.

Speaking to Tulsa World, James' brother, Sean, confirmed that Disney still plans to use his brother's already-written screenplay for the third Guardians movie.

“I don’t really know yet what’s going on with Guardians 3," he said. "I know that Disney still wants to make the movie. I know that they have every intention of using the script that my brother wrote. Obviously, that was a very unfortunate situation for everybody, most of all him, but I am also somebody who had been preparing to spend half a year making that movie, and now that’s up in the air."

While The Hollywood Reporter wrote back in August that the House of Mouse would be retaining the script, this seems to be the first time that someone officially connected to the production is publicly admitting it on the record.

James Gunn was fired in July after his old tweets, involving jokes about rape and pedophilia, resurfaced. Despite much speculation and hope that Disney would re-hire the writer/director/producer, the studio decided to stand by its decision.

The entire controversy spurred outrage and elicited support from fans and celebrities alike. Indeed, Dave Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer, was the most outspoken of them all.

“Dave wears his heart on his sleeve and has shown that he was really angry about everything that went down,” Sean said. “I love that about him. He is a no-nonsense guy. That’s who he is.”

The project was eventually put on indefinite hold, the crew dismissed and allowed to look for other gigs, just as production was picking up speed. Marvel Studios must now lock down a new director, a search that will push off the film's original 2020 release.

“Obviously, I think it’s a tricky proposition for them to find another director to step in — and also the scheduling of a lot of other actors who are incredibly busy can’t be easy," Sean added. "But I know that they plan on making the movie. I had not been contacted at all for a while, but I was recently contacted by Marvel saying, ‘Yeah, we do plan to make this movie. We’re just not sure when yet.’”

Sean portrayed the Ravager known as Kraglin in the first two Guardians movies. At the end of Vol. 2, he took possession of Yondu's specialized fin after Yondu's death. During the end credits, we see him practicing with it, but he still needs a bit of work, as he accidentally impales Drax with the whistle-controlled arrow.

“I think I can say this: I don’t think Kraglin’s story is finished yet," Sean concluded. "I think the fans will, at least, get to know what happens with Kraglin, even though I can’t share that right now.”