James Gunn departs Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3
James Gunn has departed the third instalment of Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Gunn, who had directed both previous instalments of the hit Marvel adaptation, was removed from his role after offensive tweets were discovered from earlier in his career.
Explaining the decision, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said: "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."
Gunn himself has issued a statement, which reads as follows: "My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time."
He continued: "Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, 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: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all."
Gunn has completed work on the script for the third instalment of the movie, but work will now be put on hold while the studio searches for a new director.