There's still much to be resolved in the wake of James Gunn being fired off Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 3. That film will need a new director. Disney needs to decide if they're moving forward with Gunn's script (and if they don't, they should be prepared for a whole new series of headaches). An exit settlement needs to be reached (allegedly, Gunn's payout could be in the $7-10M range). It's a complicated process, and it's gonna take some time to sort out.
And then what?
Well, one might assume that getting abruptly fired off a blockbuster franchise would be damaging to one's career, but a new report over at The Hollywood Reporter indicates this probably won't be the case for James Gunn: according to their sources, rival studios are chomping at the bit to hire the guy.
"I’d work with him in a heartbeat," says one senior executive at a rival studio. Like the dozen or so execs and producers THR spoke with, this exec asked to remain anonymous because Gunn is not permitted to entertain other offers while his negotiation to exit Disney is ongoing.
“I’ve been advised that we can’t bring anything to him until the Disney matter is 100 percent resolved,” says another studio executive. Major players said to be interested in Gunn’s services run the gamut between studios, including Warner Bros., which has its rival superhero movies via DC Entertainment, and high-profile and Oscar-winning producers."
Of course, any studio that hires Gunn is gonna have to navigate a social media gauntlet lined with the same kind of hysterical douche-clowns who got Gunn fired in the first place (there's no way those folks would remain silent if, say, Warner Bros. hired Gunn to make a DC movie) but, as THR points out, most other studios aren't held to the same insanely lofty standards Disney holds itself to. 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.
Anyway, there's also this weird aside at the end of THR's piece:
"Two sources say there is a hope through the talks that Gunn could return in some fashion, even if it’s to develop and direct another Marvel movie. “An end-all verdict hasn’t been issued and conversations with Marvel are still ongoing,” says one source familiar with the proceedings."
Mmmyeah, we're not gonna hold our breath on that one. At this point, it really seems like it'd be better to just let Gunn move on and get back to doing what he does best: making kick-ass movies. We're excited to see where he lands.