HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 21: Writer/director James Gunn (L) and actor Chris Pratt at the Chris Pratt Walk Of Fame Star Ceremony on April 21, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** James Gunn; Chris Pratt
James Gunn Fired From “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” as Controversial Tweets Resurface
James Gunn, the director of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, has been fired from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” after controversial jokes he made about rape and pedophilia that he posted on Twitter nearly a decade ago resurfaced recently.
In a statement, Walt Disney Studios president Alan Horn said, “The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him.” Gunn discussed his past comments, tweeting below:
1. Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.
5. Anyway, that’s the completely honest truth: I used to make a lot of offensive jokes. I don’t anymore. I don’t blame my past self for this, but I like myself more and feel like a more full human being and creator today. Love you to you all.
Gunn was heavily tipped by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to be a major creative force at Marvel, working on the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe following “Guardians 3,” which Gunn was already writing.
We will provide more information as the story develops.