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. James Gunn also doesn't appear to be getting paid in full for Guardians of the Galaxy 3 as he is not eligble for "pay or play" as the movie hasn't officially been green lit (no release date announced) and it isn't eight weeks prior to the start of production (filming was to begin February 2019).
Before all that comes the settlement between James Gunn and Disney, though.
That enthusiastic support suggests a lack of blacklisting, at least from other studios.
It remains to be seen how the situation will end up however as the outlet cites there is "hope through the talks that Gunn could return in some fashion" to the world of Marvel Studios.
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Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn told Fox News that the studio had "severed our business relationship" with Gunn, but The Hollywood Reporter reported Wednesday that the company plans to use the script he wrote for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3". Gunn is not permitted to entertain other offers while his negotiation with Disney is ongoing, but it sounds like he's going to have a lot of options once this ridiculous ordeal is over.
Yet the most tantalizing aspect of this anonymously sourced information from THR is that there is allegedly still some murmurs that a reconciliation between Gunn and the House of Mickey could be reached.
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Another producer noted they can't presently speak with James Gunn until his exit from Disney is complete.
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.