If all had gone according to plan, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 would be filming right now. Production on the third and final film in writer/director James Gunn’s trilogy was due to get underway in early 2019, before Chris Pratt has to go off and shoot Jurassic World 3, but the entire film was put on hold when Disney decided to fire Gunn off the film after poor-taste (and, frankly, bad) jokes of his resurfaced on Twitter.
That obviously put Guardians of the Galaxy 3 in flux, and while Gunn has since been hired to write and direct a Suicide Squad reboot for Warner Bros. and DC, Marvel Studios is still considering how to proceed on Guardians 3.
When Collider’s own Steve Weintraub spoke with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige at the press day for Captain Marvel, he asked for an update on Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and specifically whether Marvel has encountered resistance in trying to hire a new director for the film. Feige didn’t have much to say, but seemed to suggest the film is in a bit of a holding pattern at the moment:
“I mean, 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 [James Gunn’s] draft, [we have] been focusing on other projects.”
While Marvel never officially announced a release date for Guardians 3, with production due to begin in early 2019, many figured it would be slotted into the date Disney is currently holding for a Marvel movie on May 1, 2020. That’s clearly not happening, as Feige confirms here that the entire film has been pushed back.
It’s unclear when we’ll hear an update regarding production on Guardians 3, but Pratt is no doubt due back to shoot Jurassic World 3 sometime later this year or early next year in anticipation of that film’s Summer 2021 release date. So Disney/Marvel will have to slot Guardians of the Galaxy 3 in somewhere around that production.
If you missed any of what Feige also told us about upcoming Marvel projects, peruse the links below. Look for the full interview on Collider soon.
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