Gunn was sacked after some old social media posts of his were unearthed, and resurfaced by some alt-right agitators.
Regardless of pressure from the cast of Guardians Of The Galaxy and a petition to reinstate James Gunn as director for Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 3, Disney will not be rehiring James Gunn. Unfortunately, according to a new report, Disney will be standing firm on their decision and Kevin Feige is now agreeing with the studio's ultimate decision.
According to Variety, Gunn had a meeting with Disney chairman Alan Horn to "clear the air" - but still with the resulting decision that he won't be brought back to the film. The report does say that Disney is meant to use Gunn's completed Guardians 3 script, though the sources do say that a new director may just want to polish that script a little by themselves before filming which is still set for 2019. Dave Bautista, the Guardians films' fan favorite character Drax the Destroyer, went so far as to proclaim that he would opt out of his contract were Disney to replace Gunn's completed screenplay for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. We'll be sure to keep you updated on all news regarding the Disney/Gunn situation, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as more information becomes available.
The last month has been a peculiar one for the folks at Marvel Studios. For a while, there seemed to be a feeling that Disney might take a step back and decide to reverse their decision and give Gunn a second chance. Instead, it was exclusively decided by the higher-ups at Disney. The agenda was to discuss whether or not there was any possibility of his being brought back on board Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, a movie he was sacked from in July, after controversial tweets he'd made years ago were unearthed. Disney tries more than almost every studio to hold onto their family friendly image, and rehiring a director that they fired for making pedophilic jokes would certainly do more bad than good for their image.
The meeting was said to be "civil and professional", but sources have claimed that Horn will not be changing his stance and they will continue production of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 without James. Feige more than realized this and chose to side with Disney in order to save the image of Marvel Studios as well.