Marvel boss insists fired director James Gunn's script will be used for third Guardians movie

The filmmaker was sacked after a series of controversial old tweets were unearthed.

Marvel boss Kevin Feige has confirmed ousted director James Gunn's script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be used for the film.

Gunn, who wrote and directed the first two Guardians films, was axed after old, ill-advised tweets, in which he joked about paedophilia and rape, came to light - and his successor has yet to be confirmed.

But now the President of Marvel Studios has assured fans that Gunn's script will still be used when the new movie gets underway.

The third instalment of the Guardians franchise was slated to start production in early 2019, but Feige reveals filming as stalled because he and his Marvel partners have been focusing on other projects.

In a new chat with Collider, Feige said, "When it was pushed back, it was pushed back. Meaning the release date. Because it's not coming out... although we've never announced a release date actually. But it was gonna happen sooner rather than later, initially of course.

''Outside of knowing that we're gonna use his (Gunn's) draft, (we have) been focusing on other projects."

Adam McKay has confirmed reports suggesting he is in the running for the directing job, stating, "We've talked a little bit. We're always kind of talking. I think Feige is just the greatest and I think what they're doing (at Marvel) is amazing."

McKay is currently an in-demand property in Hollywood after writing and directing the Oscar-nominated Vice.

The filmmaker has previously expressed an interest in directing a new Silver Surfer movie for Marvel.

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