Warner Bros. Reportedly Interested In James Gunn After Disney Firing

Lawrence Kim
August 9, 2018

Marvel Studios has honed itself into a movie-making machine in the past decade, and a month without a director or writer is lost time and money for the company. While still negotiating his departure from the House of Mouse (particularly Marvel Studios), he can't take up any other offers, but several big players (both producers and studio executives) in the industry have voiced their desire to bring him over to their side.

Now, a new report suggests that Disney still plans to use the Guardians of the Galaxy 3 script that Gunn was working on before he was controversially fired over old offensive tweets. Many have pointed out that Gunn's offensive tweets, joking about topics such as rape and pedophilia, became a problem only when they were broadcast by alt-right agitators who took issue with Gunn's politics.

While the trade maintains the anonymity of the executives, they do confirm that numerous top studios in Hollywood are interested in Gunn, including Warner Bros. which rivals Marvel Studios in the superhero entertainment business with DC Films. But he also didn't breach his contract, so a settlement must be reached on how much Gunn deserves to be paid for his services, especially if they use his script. THR estimates that to be in the $7 million to $10 million range, if not higher.

It has already been reported that Disney is "unlikely" to reinstate Gunn as director, but it remains to be seen whether Marvel would want to use Gunn's original script. Although if he's going to continue criticising Disney, it certainly wouldn't be a surprise if he does end up following Gunn out of the door.

Right now, Gunn's exit is being negotiated by his talent agency UTA and his attorney Andrew Hurwitz. Because Gunn could move over the aisle to Warner Bros.' DC universe?

The cast of the film has shared their support of Gunn in the situation, though they were careful not to pose any threats about their involvement with the upcoming film. But one thing's for certain: Gunn won't be out of work long.

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