Batista Threatens To Leave Guardians Of The Galaxy Franchise

Dave Bautista says he'll quit Guardians Vol. 3 if Disney doesn't use James Gunn's script

A replacement director for the film, due to shoot early next year, has not yet been announced. But Drax fans needn't sweat, as sources close to The Hollywood Reporter indicate that Marvel Studios plans to honor Gunn's screenplay for the third (and final?) Guardians movie.

Noting several unnamed rival studio executives and Oscar winning producers-while still name-dropping Warner Bros. and Lionsgate later in the piece-the trade reports many are eager and enthusiastic to work with the filmmaker, including on future tentpole projects and possible franchises.

Before all that comes the settlement between James Gunn and Disney, though.

Bautista, who plays the blue-skinned intergalactic ex-criminal Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has revealed his intention to quit Guardians Vol. 3 if Walt Disney Studios (the parent company of Marvel Studios) opts to not use the script Gunn had been working on before he was sacked from the film in late July. Because of this, Disney may have to offer Gunn a payout of $7 million to $10 million - or even higher. Despite this, the Guardians of the Galaxy's main cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn and Bautista, who all still supported him and asked for Disney to reinstate Gunn as the film's director. It is unclear whether these are hopes on the side of Gunn's lawyers or merely some whispers at Disney and its rivals, but according to one quoted source, "An end-all verdict hasn't been issued and conversations with Marvel are still ongoing". Nevertheless, it would appear this media narrative has miles to go before Disney can gratefully see it sleep.

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Since Gunn was sacked by Disney in July, he received an outpouring of support from his former Guardians of the Galaxy cast and from industry insiders who disapproved of Disney kowtowing to alt-right demands.

Bautista and his Guardians colleagues have stressed they do not endorse Gunn's tweets but believe the director has atoned for his comments and they no longer reflect his current views.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is slated to debut in 2020.

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