The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 production has been put on hold now that Disney and Marvel Studios have begun the search for a new director. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the small group of crew members who were preparing for pre-production are being dismissed and are free to look for new work.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 production was scheduled to start this winter, either in January or February, and pre-production was to have started this fall. The July firing of James Gunn for old, offensive tweets has the studios now having to scrap all those plans.
According to the trade, the production hold has been described as temporary and more of a “regrouping” as Disney and Marvel Studios look for a filmmaker to take over the third installment. It adds that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi recently had a meeting with Marvel Studios, but it’s unclear what was discussed.
Gunn recently met with Disney studio chairman Alan Horn, who stood by his decision to not bring Gunn back as director. Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige apparently stands by the studio’s decision not to bring Gunn back. They do plan on using his script, which he previously turned in, but it may still need to be reworked by the new director.
At the end of July, the entire Guardians of the Galaxy cast issued a statement in support of the reinstatement of writer/director James Gunn. Gunn’s first film in the franchise grossed $773 million worldwide in 2014 and the second film earned $863.8 million last year.
James Gunn is not expected to have much trouble finding his next job, as he will be in high demand by other studios, including Warner Bros. Pictures. He could potentially work with Marvel Studios again in the future as well.