I've been dealing with a lot if bad news as of late. So, needless to say I needed some good news in my life, & here it is. Deadline has just reported that James Gunn has been rehired to helm Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3!!! After being unceremoniously fired for 10 year old tweets & confirmation of his script still being used, he's officially back in the director's chair. In my opinion he's by far, hands down the only man for the job. Much less, the only man who could deliver an amazing follow up to one of the two greatest soundtracks ever made in the form of Awesome Mixtapes Vol. 1 & 2. I never thought this announcement would come, even though I knew it should. Now let's get this film out. I am once again excited for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3!!!Read More
I'm honestly not quite sure how to take this. Saw this on Collider last night. According the the words of Starlord, Chris Pratt himself, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will still be using James Gunn's submitted script. First off, I don't really see how he can be sure they're working off that script when as far as we know there's no director attached. Unless that falls under the realm of things going on we just don't know yet. Second when whomever said director dies emerge there's no telling how much the final product will deter from this script. Just ask Snyder about Justice League, things can drastically change under new direction. Overall though, I can't help but take this as the icing on the cake of a totally mishandled series of events. Your telling me one can be fired as director due to things that happened years before hiring, but their script is still A-Ok? Sounds hypocritical as all hell if you ask me. Maybe Disney/Marvel Studios thinks this gesture will save face with fans, & potential directors, as it seems the latter is becoming harder to find. I don't know. Whatever it is I find myself crossed to say the least. I love Guardians of the Galaxy , both parts 1 & 2. They're two of my favorite installments in the MCU. So part if me is glad they're using Gunn's script. On the other end however, will a lot of it get lost in translation without Gunn's direction to guide it where it needs to be. Not to mention the man is an absolute genius when it comes to making an "Awesome Mixtape". Anyway love to know anymore thoughts on this. Put 'em in the comments, like, & share.
I'm currently in full move mode. That's the main reason I've been barely here. I find myself with a little time to think though. So I figured I'd address this whole James Gunn debacle I've been trying to avoid. If you've managed to miss all this, James Gunn made a series of horrible, total bad taste jokes that I'm not even going to revisit here. However, these were made almost 10 years ago, & had since been apologized for. Fast forward to now, & due to a strong political stance, this information has been resurfaced online to damage Gunn's character. Let the show begin. It worked. Disney immediately severs ties with Gunn. Something I felt was kinda strange if you factor in the questionable things that have been said in the past by a lot of Disney actors. Anyway, the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy rally behind their director. They put out a letter in support of his rehire. Dave Bautista being the most outspoken, at one point all but asking out of his contract. Even Bobcat Goldthwait came out of nowhere asking Disney to remove his voice from an upcoming attraction using his character from Hercules. Stating he knows he's said some questionable things. Told them to check James Woods rep as well. This is where I realized this was going to take awhile to unfold. And it did. Petitions were written. Arguments were all around. Marvel Studios made a plea to Disney to reinstate Gunn. Now for the next foreseeable future Gunn's out, his script's in, & Guardian's of the Galaxy Vol 3 is on full hold without a director. Although it's heavily rumored Taika Waititi may direct. Which seems like the obvious choice, though just not James Gunn. I've been watching this all unfold while moving, & it's pretty troubling. I mean, like I said horrible, distasteful jokes, but does this mean no one should ever get to be redeemed? Apologies were made. This was past. I do fully understand both sides of this. We're stuck in an environment where this could effect the bottom line. The company has to make a decision on that line. This happened way before Gunn & Marvel Studios were a thing though. I get distancing yourself from something that happens while under contract, but doing so for happenings before that agreement seems a little overboard. I feel like this decision is going to come back to haunt them. Gunn at one point was going to help shape the Marvel Cosmic Universe. Not to mention with Vol 3 on hold, what's this do to the MCU lineup as a whole? These films have a planned order. One of the main things that helps them flow so well. How much does this throw off the order? On top of this I don't even want to think about the biggest loss.... Awesome Mix Vol 3. Gunn has put together two of the best soundtracks of all time. I'm really going to miss his setup for 3. All in all, I feel like we lost more than we gained. I won't say this is a shot at free speech. I'll say again, horrible things said. This is more a shot at reformation & redemption. I just feel one shouldn't have to wear a "Scarlet Letter" forever. Especially for words. Anyway, that's my two cents on all this. Would love to know everyone else's thoughts. Put it in the comments, like, & share.