James Gunn, writer and director of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, has been removed from the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” after some controversial tweets from his Twitter account resurfaced.
Gunn shared a tweet explaining the situation as it unfolded, saying “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.”
“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,” said Alan Horn, Walt Disney Studios chairman.
The “Guardians of the Galaxy” films have been a massive success for Disney and Marvel Studios thus far, with the first two movies earning $773 million and $863 million worldwide.
No announcement has been made as to who will be taking over for Gunn on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.”
NEW: James Gunn apologizes for past tweets: "I understand and accept the business decisions taken today…I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be." pic.twitter.com/YUMfHYGv85
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