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“It aggravates me to no end”: James Gunn Blames Unprepared Directors for Failure of Big Budget Movies, Fans Say It’s a Subtle Dig at Taika Waititi for Ruining Thor: Love and Thunder

James Gunn Blames Unprepared Directors for Failure of Big Budget Movies

James Gunn has made a name for himself in Hollywood ever since The Guardians of the Galaxy paved the way for his unique directorial style. Following the poor reception that Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) received, the former director took a dig at him for blowing up Marvel’s budget for a failure-ish movie.

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James Gunn at the premiere of The Suicide Squad (2021).
James Gunn at the premiere of The Suicide Squad (2021).

James Gunn allegedly calls Taika Waititi an unprepared director

Taking to Twitter, The Suicide Squad (2021) director answered a fan question with some hurtful revelations that apparently take a dig at several prominent directors in the film industry. A Twitter user by the handle of @unbabybearably asked James Gunn about the point in time when he started trusting the people around him for his films.

Taika Waititi on the sets of Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
Taika Waititi on the sets of Thor: Ragnarök (2017).

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“At what point in your career did you learn to relax and delegate to the experts you helped hire to make your movies? So many Directors seem to struggle with this.”

The director took his time and answered the question with 3 hurtful yet important topics that were necessary for some big-name directors to hear.

“I’m not sure ‘relaxing’ & ‘directing’ are congruous terms, but as I’ve grown I’ve gained more & more people around me I trust – like my 1st AD Lars Winther my costume designer Judianna Makovsky. To various degrees I delegate to people I trust while also overseeing & guiding.”

Furthering his answer he continued,

“Directing is a privilege – we are so lucky to do it & there are so many talented people who want to do it. Seeing directors who aren’t grateful for that opportunity & respectful towards the talent & hard work of those around them pisses me off to no end.”

Here’s where James Gunn took a shot

James Gunn on the sets of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (2017).
James Gunn on the sets of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (2017).

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Furthering the conversation, the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise blamed unfinished production values and disorganized scripts, and finally, he blamed unprepared directors for the failure of high-budget movies with low ratings.

“If you saw how disorganized most productions are, & how unfinished most scripts are on big movies as they start shooting (the number one reason for the deteriorating quality of feature films in my opinion), you’d see why usually this isn’t an option.”

“I’d say, after shooting with unfinished scripts, unprepared directors are the number 2 issue. It aggravates me to no end that so many directors – not most, but many – squander people’s time, money, & talent by walking onto a set not knowing where they’re going to put the camera.”

Following the tweets, the fans also had something to offer,

It seems multiple people have different opinions regarding different films, but most people took the hint that James Gunn had indirectly addressed Taika Waititi for Thor: Love and Thunder (2022).

As for the current status of James Gunn, the director has busied himself with promoting the upcoming finale of the Marvel franchise with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3. The film is slated for a release date on 5th May 2023 in theaters worldwide and will probably be the last film of James Gunn in the Guardians franchise.

Taika Waititi-directed Thor: Love and Thunder will be available to stream on Disney+ from 8th September 2022.

Source: The Direct

Written by Visarg Acharya

Visarg Acharya joined FandomWire in 2022 as a Content Writer. Along with a penchant for writing, Visarg claims that words are the only true language made for him. Currently pursuing his B.Sc in Physics, the combination of Physics and Marvel make up for an interesting talk. Visarg Acharya has authored over 500 articles and reads books in his spare time along with an occasional series to accompany him.