The sacking of James Gunn was heard 'round the world. Upon the discovery of dubious "jokes" from years gone by, Disney pulled the plug on the longtime Guardians director, who many attributed to being a defining voice behind the breakout franchise. The move was met with resistance and in some cases outright displeasure from the cast. Dave Bautista even threatened to outright leave. Unfortunately for Gunn's loyal supporters, the Mouse remained steadfast in their decision. The project was to move forward with Gunn as a director.

Chris Pratt (@prattprattpratt) confirms #Guardians3 is moving forward without director James Gunn but working off Gunn's script pic.twitter.com/vjg3ZPzaNr

— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) February 7, 2019

Yet the news was not all bad. It would appear that Gunn's presence will still be felt, as the film will be using his script. The news was confirmed by Star-Lord himself, Chris Pratt, during a recent interview. "It’s off the chain, it’s so good,” confirms Pratt, speaking about Gunn's screenplay. Though he is still saddened by his friend's firing, Pratt ensures fans that the trilogy will end on a high note. "Well, I love James and I’m loyal to James,” he says. “We’re gonna deliver the movie. We’re gonna give the fans what they deserve. It’s in the nature of the Guardians of the Galaxy to get the job done, and that’s what we’re going to do.” 

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