While speaking with MTV News to promote The Lego Movie 2, actor Chris Pratt gave a tiny update on Guardians of The Galaxy 3. After James Gunn was fired following tasteless tweets that were dug-up there was a sense from fans that the project could be in trouble, despite direct quotes from Kevin Feige himself they’ll eventually get it made.

Pratt reveals they’ll most certainly be working off Gunn’s script and that he’s read it (Karen Gillan said she had read it as well), assuring fans the film will get made at some point.

Although the subject of rewrites on that script from Gunn is never exactly brought up during the brief segment of their interview that most likely going to happen for a bunch of reasons.

James Gunn revealed back in August 2017 to TheHollywoodReporter that he was involved in the next wave of Marvel’s cosmic films coming (there had been some talk of Gunn taking a larger creative role godfathering the cosmic side of the MCU before his exit) and there had been rumblings that The Eternals would have been first introduced in Guardians of The Galaxy 3 as potentially envisioned in that Gunn script setting them up for their own string of films. There is a strong possibility that because The Eternals goes into production this fall with director Chole Zhao before Guardians 3, Eternals stuff (if there) in that current draft may have to be updated/rewritten by whoever comes in to replace Gunn.

Just months after the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, writer-director James Gunn is hard at work penning Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, while also helping Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige plot out the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s cosmic properties.

“Those scripts are already in the works. Kevin and I talk about it all the time; we just had a meeting today. Discussing what is the next iteration of cosmic characters and where are the characters that we’ve already created going to go in the next batch of films,” Gunn told Heat Vision on Thursday of mystery projects that would happen after Vol. 3.

Other minor alterations to the script are expected as actor Dave Bautista has been vocal about not returning to make a third film without James as the director and publicly stated on camera/social media he wanted out of his Marvel contract (I also don’t see Marvel recasting the character). If Drax was still heavily featured in that script he’ll likely need to be removed or replaced with another character entirely, but that would just suggest more rewrites to that script which Gunn likely won’t be involved with since he’s now focusing on The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. This would mean another screenwriter would handle those changes.

Assuming Dave is the only cast member that could end up bailing.

There is also an assumption that any incoming director would want to add their own flare to the script, which has been alluded to by trade reports concerning the project moving forward with a new person at the helm. It’s not uncommon that a new director joining a project takes a look at the script and wants to add their own stuff, not to mention that it may need to be updated if the events of other movies like The Eternals may complicate things. Currently, a search for a replacement director on Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is still underway (a list of names had been circling online last year) and until that new person is hired I don’t think they’ll begin those rewrites.

Not to say the entire thing will be given a page-one rewrite, but alterations to accommodate the MCU timeline/character lineup and a new director means that there will certainly be some changes to it. Fans read the word “rewrites” and they normally panic, unaware how common they are at Marvel Studios and with most studio projects, not unlike with reshoots.

Taika Waititi recently spoke at the Television Critics Association (via SlashFilm) and says he doesn’t want to make Guardians 3 while promoting his FX series What We Do In The Shadows. I don’t think anyone seriously believed that Taika would be in the mix once a shortlist of possible replacements made its way online and he wasn’t on it.

When and where Guardians 3 shoots is still a big mystery (reliant on many factors unknown at the moment), there had been a production listing making the rounds last year suggesting a 2021 shoot but that feels way off if Marvel Studios was already seeking directors last year that could jump into the rewriting process/pre-production stages in 2019.

I don’t think we’ll have to wait too long before we hear something official from Marvel about a director.


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