Monday, 20 August, 2018

Dave Bautista will 'quit' Guardians if James Gunn script isn't used

Warner Bros James Gunn Disney Dave Bautista says he'll quit Guardians Vol. 3 if Disney doesn't use James Gunn's script
Stacy Diaz | 09 August, 2018, 05:42

Actor Dave Bautista intends to quit his role in the third Guardians Of The Galaxy film if studio bosses ditch the script completed by fired director James Gunn.

Gunn was again fired on July 20 after crude and offensive jokes from years past were unearthed by conservative political adversaries of Gunn. While still negotiating his departure from the House of Mouse (particularly Marvel Studios), he can't take up any other offers, but several big players (both producers and studio executives) in the industry have voiced their desire to bring him over to their side.

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. One of the rumored studios is Warner Bros., which could result in Gunn joining the DC Extended Universe in some capacity. He didn't have a "pay-or-play" deal, which means the filmmaker gets paid whether the movie gets made with him/her or not. That, and because the offensive tweets at the root of the issue were posted before he was hired by Disney, he technically wasn't in breach of contract.

Well, Bautista has now been chatting to Shortlist about the whole situation, and again, he's certainly not mincing his words as he reveals that he'll ask to be released from his contract if Marvel doesn't use James Gunn's script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is slated to debut in 2020. And this calls into question Disney's silence and inaction over the matter as well - why is it taking them almost a month to make any decisions regarding a new director for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? If Sony or Warner Bros. or Paramount has a shot at being in business with the guy who just delivered two $750M+ blockbusters, they're probably gonna put up with some bad-faith whining to make that happen. Or could they even be considering having Gunn return to the production? But one thing's for certain: Gunn won't be out of work long.