That escalated rather quickly.
James Gunn has been fired from writing and directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The move comes after several conservative personalities dug up tweets the director posted several years ago in 2008 that ranged from joking about pedophilia, rape, and monkeys (which I find shocking. SHOCKING that a man who originally started in Troma Pictures has a wide dark taste in humor. Yes, absolutely shocking that). The reason Gunn was targeted by conservatives folks was due to his massive dislike of Donald Trump. The tweets caught on with so much last night, that just a few minutes ago it was confirmed that Gunn has been fired from working on the third film of the Guardians franchise.
Disney chairman Alan Horn posted a statement of the firing:
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 has since deleted his entire Twitter account prior to the announcement having this to say in his final tweet:
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 had been expected to be at SDCC today for a panel for something from Sony Pictures' in Hall H at 6pm (PST). It is still unclear if Gunn plans on appearing, or if the panel will even happen now. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was expected to be released in 2020, and Gunn had confirmed that he was writing on the script to it. That looks to be up in the air.
We'll update you more on this developing story.