Report: Marvel Plans to Use James Gunn’s Guardians Script and He May Still Return

The James Gunn roller coaster continues.

After Variety ran a story last week that said Disney would not re-hire James Gunn, and a rumor this morning that they dropped his script there’s now an article from The Hollywood Reporter that claims Disney may still use his script and he still may be re-hired:

“Some experienced talent reps estimate that due to the unique situation, Gunn could receive a payout of $7 million to $10 million, if not potentially higher. And, more importantly, he would be free to take on another project immediately. Also affecting the negotiations is that sources say Disney plans on using Gunn’s script for the third movie.”

“And there may be an unexpected twist to the story. Two sources say there is a hope through the talks that Gunn could return in some fashion, even if it’s to develop and direct another Marvel movie. “An end-all verdict hasn’t been issued and conversations with Marvel are still ongoing,” says one source familiar with the proceedings.

That leaves Gunn and his potential suitors waiting to see the outcome of the talks. “Most people feel his comments were coming out of his brand of comedy [at the time he made them],” says another studio exec. “Having an inappropriate sense of humor shouldn’t be a crime.””

This likely isn’t the end of the James Gunn saga at Marvel, so everyone should just strap themselves in as this roller coaster likely has sudden drops and a few loops still to go.