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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ Atlanta production put on hold

The production of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” expected to return to Atlanta for filming this January or February, has reportedly been put on hold, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

» RELATED: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2’ spent more than $100M in Georgia

“Sources say that crewmembers, which at this stage were a small group prepping for preproduction, are being dismissed and are free to look for new work,” the entertainment news site reported about the Marvel and Disney regroup.

The news comes after director James Gunn, whose controversial 2008-2012 social media posts were made public by the Daily Caller, was fired from the franchise’s third installment in July.

» RELATED: Marvel stars want James Gunn rehired despite his vile tweets

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Gunn’s comments involved offensive tweets about rape and pedophilia.

“As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor,” Gunn said after the firing.

» RELATED: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn fired over offensive tweets

The production of the 2017 “Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel spent more than $100 million in Georgia, further promoting the state’s booming film industry.

Disney and Marvel have not announced a replacement director for the third installment, or a new production start date.

“The timeline has been pushed out,” a source told the Reporter.

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Fiza Pirani is a web producer and writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is also currently investigating immigrant and refugee mental health stigma and health care access as a recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism.

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