Following all of the James Gunn drama over the last few weeks, the final decision by Disney to not rehire him, and the news that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is on a temporary production hold; people have been asking what it’ll mean for the Awesome Mix soundtrack in the movie.
Thankfully all signs are pointing to Marvel Studios keeping James Gunn’s script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and that means it’ll likely include the songs for the soundtrack already. He talked multiple times over the years about how he writes the songs into the script and that’s how it worked with the first two movies:
Yes, all the songs were written into the script (and we got all the rights I wanted). Same with Vol 2 https://t.co/vIgei3b7nI
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 2, 2016
I don't only edit to the track, I FILM to the track. All the songs are in the script and played on set as we shoot. https://t.co/bf8O6VSYuY
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 12, 2017
lol not true. I chose all of the songs in both movies. The cast doesn't know what the songs are until they see the script.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 15, 2017
To be fair, Gunn has said that he wouldn’t include the songs in the script if he wasn’t directing, however he did finish the script and deliver it to Marvel prior to what happened with Disney:
13 There are MANY things I do in the script that I would probably not do if I wasn't directing. I write a fair amount of camera moves & I write in the songs.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) November 21, 2017
Well, yeah, I am the writer-director. So that's what the script is. And I've said many times I wouldn't include the songs if I wasn't directing. Simultaneous to that, though, if a script is good things like that are generally overlooked.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) November 22, 2017
Since he wrote the script believing he’d also be directing the movie, it’s likely that the draft he turned into Marvel does include those songs. So unless we hear something to the contrary, the fate of the soundtrack is one thing MCU fans shouldn’t worry about when it comes to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.