James Gunn fired from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

James Gunn has been fired as the director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” after a series of offensive tweets were unearthed that made light of such controversial topics as pedophelia and rape. Disney, the studio behind the comic book franchise, made the announcement in the midst of Comic-Con, the geek convention where Gunn is beloved for his horror work in films such as “Slither” and for the irreverent take he applied to the superhero genre in the first Guardians and its sequel.

“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” said Alan Horn, the studio’s chairman.

Most of the tweets date between 2008 and 2011. In one, Gunn wrote, “The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped and it’s like ‘whew this feels great, not being raped!” In another he joked that attending a meeting of the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) made him finally feel “…ok being who I am.”

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ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 25, 2017: In this handout photo provided by Disney Resorts, director James Gunn attends the grand opening of Guardians of The Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction on May 25, 2017 at Disneys California Adventure in Disneyland in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 18: Film director James Gunn is seen upon arrival at Haneda Airport on December 18, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 25: James Gunn arrives at the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Ant-Man And The Wasp' on June 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: James Gunn attends the premiere of Disney And Marvel's 'Ant-Man And The Wasp' on June 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: James Gunn attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Thor: Ragnarok' - Arrivals on October 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 13: Film director James Gunn attends a keynote discussion about building worlds across entertainment mediums during the Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 coliseum at the Novo LA Live on June 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04: Director James Gunn and actress/model Jennifer Holland at the El Capitan Theatre Hosts Screening Of Disney And Marvel Studios' 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' held at El Capitan Theatre on May 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04: Writer / Director / Producer James Gunn attends the fan screening of Disney and Marvel Studios 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol1. ' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at the El Capitain Theater on May 4th, 2017 in Los Angeles, Californial (Photo by Brandon Williams/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 27, 2017: American film director James Gunn speaks at a press conference to promote his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 movie. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom Geodakyan\TASS via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: James Gunn attends the European Gala Screening of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at Eventim Apollo on April 24, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Joe Maher/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: (L-R) Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Chris Pratt, Kurt Russell, Karen Gillan, James Gunn and Michael Rooker attend the UK screening of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at Eventim Apollo on April 24, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Director James Gunn (R) and guest attend the UK screening of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at Eventim Apollo on April 24, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 21: Writer/director James Gunn (L) and actor Chris Pratt at the Chris Pratt Walk Of Fame Star Ceremony on April 21, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 20: Director James Gunn at the 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Press Conference at the London Hotel on April 20, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
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Before deactivating his account, Gunn wrote, “In the past, I have apologized for humor of mine that hurt people. I truly felt sorry and meant every word of my apologies. For the record, when I made these shocking jokes, I wasn’t living them out. I know this is a weird statement to make, and seems obvious, but, still, here I am, saying it.”

Gunn was originally expected to participate at Sony’s Comic-Con panel, tweeting out a tease that he would be in Hall-H at the time of the event, although it was unclear what he would be hawking. The panel is supposed to present footage from “Venom” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” neither of which is directed, produced, or written by Gunn. He will no longer be participating, according to an individual with knowledge of the event.

Disney did not announce a replacement for Gunn. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” is scheduled to hit theaters in 2020. The prior two films have collectively made over $1.6 billion globally.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 28: James Gunn and Jenna Fischer attend The Los Angeles Premiere of 'Blades of Glory' at Mann's Chinese Theatre on March 28, 2007 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Jenna Fischer and James Gunn (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
James Gunn and Jenna Fischer during 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Red Carpet at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Actors Jenna Fischer and James Gunn arrive at the 2006 Women's Image Network awards gala honoring Senator Barbara Boxer. (Photo by Paul Mounce/Corbis via Getty Images)
BRENTWOOD, CA - JULY 02: Director James Gunn (L) and actress Jenna Fischer arrive for the Los Angeles Film Festival's closing night premiere of 'Little Miss Sunshine' at the Wadsworth Theater on July 2, 2006 in Brentwood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
James Gunn and Jenna Fischer during 'Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed' Premiere at Grauman's Chinese in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 9: Actress Jenna Fischer (L) and her husband director James Gunn arrive at the premiere of Universal Picture's 'Slither' at the Vista Theater on March 9, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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