The third piece of Marvel’s successful “Guardians Of The Galaxy” franchise hit a snag late last week after Disney fired its popular director because of years-old jokes posted on Twitter.
The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DAL) announced Friday it was severing ties with director James Gunn on the heels of deleted social media posts from between the years 2008 and 2012 unearthed by the conservative website the Daily Caller. The topics included pedophilia, rape and 9/11.
Gunn directed the first two Guardians of the Galaxy films, which grossed $773 million and $863 million worldwide, respectively. The “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2” team spent more than $75 million during its production in Georgia — filmed primarily at Pinewood Atlanta Studios — hiring almost 1,400 locals as cast and crew.