UPDATE: James Gunn has released a statement on his recent termination:
“My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.
Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.”
UPDATE: James Gunn will no longer be appearing in the Sony Panel at Comic-Con. He was originally going to help promote a horror film he produced but will now be absent.
Original story as follows.
Following a slew of inappropriate tweets being unsurfaced, Disney has fired writer/director James Gunn from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
The director, who has been with the film franchise from the beginning, initially made a name for himself pushing the boundary of comedy and entertainment. The director had recently turned in a draft for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Disney has released a statement:
“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.”
This story is still developing…