Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 will still use James Gunn’s script, according to star Chris Pratt. Gunn had been primarily responsible for bringing Guardians to the big screen, having written and directed both previous films before being fired from the third.
Pratt, who plays the Guardians leader Star-Lord, confirmed that the project is on and will use Gunn’s script in an interview with MTV News. At the same time, he shared mixed emotions about how he feels moving forward with this last installment without Gunn leading the project as director.
“Well, I love James. I’m loyal to James and I love him so much,” Pratt said. “We’re gonna deliver the movie, we’re gonna give the fans what they deserve. I think it’s in the nature of the Guardians of the Galaxy to come together and get the job done. And that’s what we’ll do.”
Gunn had been fired by Marvel Studios, following an online campaign criticizing distasteful comments he had made earlier in his career. The entire Guardians cast signed a letter of support for him as director, but Disney and Marvel didn’t budge. The project was put on hold indefinitely, and Dave Bautista (who plays Drax) threatened to leave the project if the studio went with a new scriptwriter. Reports began to circulate late last year that his script would likely still be used.
The director isn’t short on big-budget superhero projects, though. Marvel’s loss was DC’s gain, as Warner Bros. brought him on to write the next Suicide Squad film. He may also direct it, though that is unconfirmed as of this time. Bautista has expressed interest in appearing in the Suicide Squad film as well.