‘Guardians Of Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Fired From Franchise

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn was removed from the third installment of the Marvel franchise after old tweets resurfaced that appeared to be racist, homophobic and pro-pedophilia.

“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,” a statement from Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn read, according to the Hollywood Reporter Friday.

Cast members (L-R) Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Chris Pratt, Kurt Russell, Karen Gillan, director James Gunn and Michael Rooker pose as they attend a premiere of the film "Guardians of the galaxy, Vol. 2" in London, Britain, April 24, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Cast members (L-R) Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Chris Pratt, Kurt Russell, Karen Gillan, director James Gunn and Michael Rooker pose as they attend a premiere of the film “Guardians of the galaxy, Vol. 2” in London, Britain, April 24, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

The Daily Caller News Foundation reported on the deleted posts Thursday. In response, Gunn tweeted that he used to “make a lot of offensive jokes,” but was no longer that way.

“Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor,” Gunn tweeted, before explaining that he’s “very, very different than I was a few years ago.”

The director was previously scheduled to appear Friday at Sony’s panel during the 2018 Comic-Con event in San Diego to unveil some new project he was working on. But shortly after news broke about his firing, it was reported that he would “no longer be participating.”

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vo.l 3” was previously expected to hit theaters in 2020. There has been no word yet on his replacement.

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