Bad news for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s galactic franchise as ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘ has had its production put on hold. It has just been revealed that the crew in charge of assembling for pre-production have all been dismissed from the project and are free to look for new work as production has been delayed indefinitely.
The reasons for the delay shouldn’t come as a surprise, but with the firing of James Gunn as the film’s director, we know that Marvel Studios and Disney need to find a suitable replacement. Not only do they need someone who is talented, but they also need to find someone who is intimately familiar with the first two films as they will need to be working off the script Gunn had turned in while also making changes that will close out the trilogy and fit the overall narrative of the MCU.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ was set to go into full pre-production this Fall with principal photography set for either January or February of 2019. Without a director having been announced, there is no indication if these dates can still be hit or if the entire movie will end up getting pushed back. Of course, as Marvel Studios has only announced ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ after the release of the still untitled ‘Avengers 4,’ there really isn’t a public timeline that has been announced.
One source states that “the timeline has been pushed out” while another has shared that this is temporary and just a “regrouping” while they figure out who will be taking the film forward. These conflicting reports aren’t helping anyone make sense of the already troubled production.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter