After his controversial firing from Disney last month, James Gunn's stock in Hollywood has skyrocketed, with several major studios gearing up for a bidding war over the director. Disney released Gunn, the director of the popular and lucrative 'Guardians of the Galaxy' films, due to a series of decade-old tweets resurfacing, wherein Gunn made inappropriate and offensive jokes.
But several studio executives are looking to make Disney's loss their gain and have anonymously spoken to the press about their interest in bringing Gunn over to their company. Because Gunn's exit negotiations with Disney are ongoing and forbid him from entertaining offers from other studios, no official statement has been issued from any rival production conglomerate.
It's been speculated that two of the major studios prepared to sign Gunn are Warner Bros., who would want him to take the helm of their floundering superhero franchises, and Lantern Entertainment, who might be looking to use Gunn to redeem the company from their connection to Harvey Weinstein.
Further rumors say these plans may be all for naught, as Disney may be looking to rehire Gunn. The director has received overwhelming support from his fans and cast, with actor Dave Bautista even going so far as to say he'd quit working with Disney if they scrap the 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' script Gunn had submitted prior to his removal.
Though Gunn's future with Disney is unclear, it is obvious he will continue to work if his severance package is delivered.