Did Disney have a choice bar reinstating Gunn?
After being fired for controversial tweets from the director's past, Disney has decided to reinstate James Gunn as Director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3...
Disney is once again on damage control as we have previously seen with their constant negative responses to glimpses of the live action Aladdin. Now James Gunn has been reinstated as director for Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3 after fan and industry backlash.
Myself, I am of course satisfied, after being disappointed Gunn wouldn't be able to wrap up his trilogy and frustrated the situation come about purely because of alt-right activists, this feels like retribution.
I have loved both Guardians films and can now enjoy them, without this negative connotation around them that the director and audience won't get to see out Gunn's vision.
But after months to think over the initial situation and this sudden announcement, developments have become far more interesting than the simple writing of a possible wrong. Industry insider Deadline has reported that Gunn never have been fired in the first place...
So far the narrative in the media would have us believe that the search for a new director has been unsuccessful with comments from fellow Marvel director Taika Waititi such as- “For me, those are James Gunn’s films. Going into something like that with his stamp all over his films, would be like going into someone’s house and saying, ‘Hey, I’m your new dad, and this is how we make peanut butter sandwiches now. It feels kind of awkward.”
Waititi's comments in an interview with Deadline reflect the general tone that has followed Gunn's firing since it happened. The films are so steeped in personality and a unique vision that would have always been hard to adapt, hence the outcry from the fans, industry and the cast when Gunn was fired.
Disney really had no other choice, Gunn was always a controversial and risky choice and despite how distasteful those old tweets were, they were made as very crude comedy. Imagine Frankie Boyle made two acclaimed blockbusters and a theme park ride while also setting a president for future high budget movies. Jokes he made would surely resurface, but that would be the risk the company would take when hiring such a comedian.
If Disney did unofficially keep Gunn all along, then hats off to them, for pulling off this charade but it does paint a suspicious and shady picture of the blockbuster giant, especially considering earlier reports claiming Disney would never rehire James Gunn.