Director James Gunn arrives at the premiere of his film "Super"
Director James Gunn arrives at the premiere of his film "Super" in Hollywood, California March 21, 2011. Reuters/Fred Prouser

The cast members of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” have launched a strong campaign to bring back James Gunn as the director after he got fired. However, Disney and Marvel are reportedly firm on their decision, and they will find someone else to helm the film.

Gunn had a meeting with Studio Chairman Alan Horn, raising some hope about the director’s return. However, according to a report by Variety, a decision was taken after the meeting that has put an end to any possibility of Gunn’s return.

The meeting with Gunn was reportedly taken only as a courtesy for the director. Sources have revealed that this meeting was “civil and professional.”

Marvel President Kevin Feige was supposedly supporting the idea of bringing back Gunn. Feige was out of town and couldn’t attend the meeting between Gunn and Horn.

Now that the decision has been confirmed, Feige is going along with it. With both Marvel and Disney on the same page about firing Gunn, there is little hope for the director’s return. However, there has been no official comment from either Disney or Marvel.

Disney and Marvel have been looking for a director to replace Gunn, and that search will continue after Feige comes back. All the directors that are working with Marvel are currently busy with other projects, so the search is proving to be difficult.

The next instalment of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie was originally supposed to be released in 2020. Gunn has already submitted the first draft of the script, and the production was supposed to start in 2019. If a new director isn’t selected soon, it may delay the finalising of the script and consequently the filming schedule as well.

Disney and Marvel haven’t yet announced the possibility of a delay in the release date of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.”