During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bog Iger commented on what role he played in the decision to fire James Gunn and stated that he stands by the choice to remove him as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
In July, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn announced that the company had cut ties with James Gunn over offensive tweets the filmmaker posted years ago, which were brought back into the public sphere by alt-right figures who were retaliating against Gunn due to his political views. Disney CEO Bob Iger explained that the decision to fire James Gunn was brought to him by a “variety” of studio executives and he supported their unanimous choice:
“I would say there is a blend of my helping to make the decision to my supporting the decisions that have been made. Roseanne was completely unanimous. We discussed how it would be communicated and when because there were a number of entities that had to be properly filled in, but the decision was completely unanimous. The James Gunn decision was brought to me as a unanimous decision of a variety of executives at the studio and I supported it.”
Although there continues to be a backlash against the decision to fire James Gunn, Iger stated that he supports the choice made by executives at the studio:
“I haven’t second-guessed their decision.”
James Gunn had previously finished his script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which was set to begin production early next year. However, the project has reportedly been put on hold following the decision to remove Gunn as the director of the final chapter in the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is expected to star Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, and Sean Gunn.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter