After tweets surfaced this week from shamed movie director James Gunn, Disney has released a statement that Gunn will not be returning to work on the upcoming movie “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn has made headlines this week after numerous offensive tweets were uncovered on his Twitter page, with topics including rape and pedophilia. The tweets that have resurfaced from Gunn’s account give a glimpse into the mind of this demented and deranged filmmaker. Gunn has made a feeble attempt to explain his tweets away as jokes, but his tweets are anything but funny.
Sick tweets from Gunn including one that read, “The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped it’s like ‘Whew, this feels great, not being raped!'”
Other tweets authored by Gunn that he has since deleted also mentioned sexual acts with children, people who have AIDS, and a few that mentioned urinating on children.
See more of his now deleted tweets in my previous article on Gunn here.
Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn released the following statement:
“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.”
Before Gunn deleted his account today, he tweeted out, “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.”
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” was expected to begin shooting in Atlanta this fall and was expected to be released in 2020. Gunn has been actively working on writing the script for the third installment in the series, but will no longer be a part of the Galaxy franchise.
Gunn wrote and directed Disney films “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and is credited as an executive producer on “Avengers: Infinity War”, and also written “Scooby-Doo”, “The Belko Experiment”, “Movie 43” and “Dawn of the Dead”.
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