Following Disney Firing, Rival Studios Are Eager to Hire James Gunn

Dave Bautista plays Drax the Destroyer in Marvel's

Dave Bautista plays Drax the Destroyer in Marvel's"Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel Studios THE CANADIAN PRESS

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.

According to the trade, Gunn has already been approached by "several top producers and executives", with one executive who chose to remain anonymous going as far to say "I'd work with him in a heartbeat".

Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn was sacked last month after some old Tweets came to light.

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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.

Since Gunn was sacked by Disney in July, he received an outpouring of support from his former Guardians of the Galaxy cast and from industry insiders who disapproved of Disney kowtowing to alt-right demands.

Disney is reportedly planning to use ousted "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn's script that he wrote for the film despite being fired. All in all, he could end up netting between $7-$10 million, or possibly higher, while also being allowed to commit to another studio right away. Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, Groot, Nebula and Mantis wouldn't be who they are on the big screen without Gunn's particular sensibilities and style, and it's in Disney's best interest to have the next film maintain the tonal continuity - even if another filmmaker is brought on-board to execute it (admittedly a pretty thankless job). Dave Bautista, on the other hand, grew more irate with his comments each passing day, ultimately claiming that he would subject himself to any legal ramifications imposed by Disney by leaving the film if they didn't use Gunn's script. Is it because of Gunn's complicated exit negotiations? One source noted, "An end-all verdict hasn't been issued and conversations with Marvel are still ongoing". Because Gunn could move over the aisle to Warner Bros.' DC universe?

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