Despite an impassioned letter from the cast of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, Disney insiders say the company is unlikely to rehire the writer/director for a third installment following his recent firing over offensive tweets Gunn made from 2008 to 2012, according to Variety.
“I don’t see Disney re-hiring him,” said one of Variety's unnamed sources. “Those tweets were so horrible and Disney has a different standard then [sic] other studios.”
Disney chairman Alan Horn and CEO Bob Iger were reportedly unaware of Gunn's tweets prior to new attention being drawn to them earlier this year.
According to Variety's sources, Disney will wait for the right director to announce a replacement for Gunn, meaning the film's projected February 2019 filming schedule could be pushed back to accomodate a potential new director.
As for the cast, despite their support for Gunn, Variety's sources state it's unlikely the cast will exit the film since this could incur legal ramifications if the castmembers are under contract for more appearances.
Prior to his firing, Gunn stated that the film was projected for a May 2020 release date, though this was not confirmed by Marvel or Disney at the time. The filmmaker had recently completed work on the film's script.