Taika Waititi says he doesn't want to replace James Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Taika Waititi
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The director who many hoped would take over the troubled production of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has taken himself out of consideration.

Marvel is still seeking a new director for the project, after James Gunn was fired last summer over resurfaced offensive tweets dug up by alt-right provocateur Mike Cernovich. When Gunn was removed, the first name that came up among fans as the ideal replacement was Taika Waititi, who has proven himself capable of directing a Marvel action-comedy set in outer space with 2017's Thor: Ragnarok.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was originally set to begin pre-production last fall for a likely summer 2020 release, but the project was put on hold following Gunn's firing. The Hollywood Reporter had written in August that Marvel and Disney were "taking a measured approach in their search for a director," but there have not since been any updates even as cast members like Chris Pratt reassure fans that the film will still happen — at some point.

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