Since Disney's decision to fire "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn, production of Volume 3 of the sci-fi action film series has stopped, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Friday's Outlet Report A small group of crewmembers preparing for pre-production of the film have been fired and are expected to have free work opportunities while Disney and Marvel are working on redeploying the project.
The Marvel movie was originally directed by Gunn and should begin pre-production in the fall.
Disney decided to fire the director of the box-office hit after old tweets in which he re-emphasized themes such as rape and pedophilia. Although the director had previously referred to the tweets, he issued a second statement apologizing for his remarks and stating that he had been provocative in his early career, but none of the comments he made in the newly-posted tweets , stand.
"I have regretted them for many years – not only because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly senseless, and certainly not provocative, as I had hoped, but also because they do not reflect the person I am today or has been for some time, "Gunn said in a statement. "Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions made today, and many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I behaved at the time."
After Gunn's controversial release, the entire cast of The Guardians series released a joint statement in support of their director.
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff and Michael Rooker all signed an open letter The problem and the call for Gunn to be reinstated as director of the film.
"We fully support James Gunn," it begins. "We were all shocked by his abrupt shooting last week and deliberately waited these ten days to think, pray, listen and discuss.
" We are not here to defend his jokes many years ago, but to share our experience, which has spent many years together in the production of "Guardians of the Galaxy" 1 and 2, "the performers explained." The character he showed in the wake of his dismissal is consistent with the man who he was on the set every day. His apology, now and years ago, when we addressed these remarks first, we believe from the heart, a heart for all of us knowledge, trust and love.
The statement went on to emphasize the lack of due process that Gunn received before his release, noting that the political atmosphere in America has brought the world a unique rabbit hole of sensitivity to earlier remarks. James is probably not the last good person to be brought to justice, "the letter went on," Given the growing political gulf in this country, one can say with certainty that such cases will continue even though we hope Americans from all over the world will The spectrum can turn away from the character assassinations and stop arming the mob mentality.
Fox News & # 39; Tyler McCarthy has contributed to this article.