Guardians of the Galaxy 3 put on hold

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’ Pre-Production Crew Dismissed As Project Goes On Hold

Since then, the cast of the hugely popular Marvel franchise has voiced their support for Gunn, though a recent report said that it wasn't likely Disney would re-hire him for the project.

This probably won't come as too much of a surprise given the firing of writer-director James Gunn, but THR is reporting that Marvel Studios has officially put Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on hold. That's a small number in the face of such a huge production, but a telling setback for a film that's now without a director after James Gunn was removed from the project in July. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a group that was prepping for preproduction are being dismissed and are free to look for new work.

Although the Hollywood Reporter says one source categorises the hold as "temporary" and a "regrouping", the logistics of the situation mean fans should not look to a 2020 release date any more with any confidence.

"The timeline has been pushed out", added another source.

Actor Dave Bautista - who plays Drax the Destroyer - has been especially outspoken and has suggested he would be prepared to be cut from the series if Gunn - who wrote and directed the first two films - does not return. However, after the filmmaker's problematic old tweets resurfaced online, he was sacked from the project by Disney.

The film's cast, as well as many other people in the industry, have spoken out about the precedent that this sets for the studio of firing someone for things they did before being hired.

It appears that Marvel Studios isn't keen on turning Guardians of the Galaxy 3 into another Ant-Man-like race to the finish line.

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