The Walt Disney Company still plans on using James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 script despite firing the writer/director over a series of offensive tweets, according to his brother (and actor) Sean Gunn. A draft of the script was reportedly turned in by the writer/director prior to his dismissal.
"I know that Disney still wants to make the movie. I know that they have every intention of using the script that my brother wrote, Gunn told Tulsa World. "Obviously, that was a very unfortunate situation for everybody, most of all him, but I am also somebody who had been preparing to spend half a year making that movie and now that’s up in the air."
Gunn said that Marvel Studios contacted him recently to re-affirm their plans to make the movie, but that they didn't have a revised schedule - something Dave Bautista has also said in recent interviews.
"Obviously, I think it’s a tricky proposition for them to find another director to step in and also the scheduling of a lot of other actors who are incredibly busy can’t be easy. But I know that they plan on making the movie."
"Honestly, that’s really what I cared about more than anything with all of this," Gunn continued. "I don’t want the fans to be deprived of something that they really love and really want. I go and I do these conventions and a really striking thing to me ... is fans are basically split into two camps. There is one group that is super supportive of my brother and range from sad to angry about what happened. And then the other half are people who don’t know and don’t care. They just want to see the movie."
Prior to his firing, James Gunn said that Marvel intended for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 to be released in May 2020. No replacement director or formal release date has been announced.