“The offensive attitudes and statements found on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we’ve severed our enterprise relationship with him,” Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, mentioned in a press release obtained by CNN.
Gunn had come underneath fireplace in latest days after his feedback, which made references to pedophilia and molestation, got here to mild.
On Thursday, Gunn acknowledged the eye his earlier social media feedback have been getting in a collection of tweets.
“Many individuals who’ve adopted my profession know after I began, I seen myself as a provocateur, making films and telling jokes that have been outrageous and taboo. As I’ve mentioned publicly many instances, as I’ve developed as an individual, so has my work and my humor,” he wrote. “It is to not say I am higher, however I’m very, very completely different than I used to be a couple of years in the past; right now I attempt to root my work in love and connection and fewer in anger. My days saying one thing simply because it is surprising and making an attempt to get a response are over.”
He added: “For the report, after I made these surprising jokes, I wasn’t dwelling them out. I do know it is a bizarre assertion to make, and appears apparent, however, nonetheless, right here I’m, saying it.”
A consultant for Gunn has not returned CNN’s request for additional remark.
After working in low-budget filmmaking (together with a stint at Troma Studios), Gunn made his directing debut in 2006 with “Slither,” adopted by the superhero spoof, “Tremendous.”
He was thought of a considerably unorthodox alternative when Marvel tapped him to direct “Guardians of the Galaxy,” however the film garnered vital acclaim and have become a significant hit. The film and its sequel — which he additionally wrote and directed — have grossed greater than $1.6 billion worldwide.
Along with the third “Guardians,” it was introduced final yr that Gunn was engaged on a revival of the TV present “Starsky and Hutch” for Amazon.
As just lately as final week, Gunn had been teasing different future initiatives, together with an announcement set to be made concurrently the Sony Footage panel on Friday night at San Diego Comedian-Con on the conference’s largest stage — Corridor H.
Gunn’s look was by no means confirmed by Sony.
A studio insider advised CNN that Gunn was not anticipated to be a part of the panel as of Friday afternoon.