The inevitable news that Marvel fans were preparing for has been broken. The production for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has now been officially put on hold. The news comes from disclosed sources close to The Hollywood Reporter. Director James Gunn got removed from the passion project in July and anyone who has been on social media has since been reminded every week. Whether its the official GotG cast publishing a letter requesting for Gunn’s return or people tagging posts with #RehireJamesGunn- the firing blew up more than anyone thought it would. Regardless of the outcry, news previously broke that Disney chairman Alan Horn was not going to reverse his decision on letting Gunn go.
The official film production being put on hold is just the next step in this tricky and peculiar journey. According to THR, a small crew were gearing up for pre-production that would have taken place this fall. This crew has now been told that they are free to pursue other work. Principal photography for Vol. 3 would have taken place early next year. Their source described this halt as more of a temporary “regrouping”. Even though Marvel Studios never officially slated the film, many suspected that it would have been one of the 2020 releases.
Marvel is taking their sweet time with finding a new director. This is for the best because the last thing anyone would want is for the wrong person to quickly get hired for the sake of meeting deadlines. Once the right person is brought in for Vol. 3, the film should regain its steam to head into pre-production.
One source close to the site claims that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi just had a meeting with Marvel on a secret project. Even though he may seem like an obvious choice with his resume with comedy, one should not jump to conclusions on whether this is him officially replacing Gunn.
With Vol. 3 currently being put on hold, the door is open for other projects to move up in the Marvel slate. Many think that a Doctor Strange sequel and or the Black Widow film could now come sooner. They both already have directors attached (Scott Derrickson and Cate Shortland) so this seems very likely.
Who would you like to see in the director’s chair for Vol. 3? What film would you like to see the studio push forward now that a slot has been possibly opened? Let us know on our social media and stay tuned for all updates on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3!