Is Disney Going to Rehire James Gunn?

Disney is probably regretting its decision to fire Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn over offensive jokes he made years ago, given that the move only got a negative response from the right-wing media that pushed for it. From just about everyone else, including the franchise's cast, the firing sparked a backlash. Now Disney is reportedly rethinking the decision. Read on for details.

Via Page Six.

Might there be a glimmer of hope for change of heart in the quick banishment of “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn from the Magic Kingdom?

Nobody is talking about it, but sources said that back channel conversations are taking place between Marvel Studios and Disney.

Sources said the Marvel contingent is trying to persuade Disney to explore a compromise that might bring Gunn back into the fold for “Guardians 3,” something that clearly would be best for the franchise. There is no clash or strong arming here. I’m told it’s a discussion that comes in the wake of the whole cast declaring their loyalty to Gunn, whose abrupt exit has put a thriving film franchise in a rocky place. One would have to label this 11th-hour approach to be a long shot, but the community is talking about it.

Gunn’s regrettable tweets offered indefensible comments on spectacularly serious subjects like pedophilia and rape, written as long as a decade ago. They were collected and published by The Daily Caller, One America News Network correspondent Jack Posobiec and right-wing commentator Mike Cernovich, apparently after Gunn mocked conservative pundit Ben Shapiro.

Initial reports encouraged readers to complain to Disney, and the studio responded quickly and decisively to complete a stunning takedown: “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.

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