‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Release Date Moved? Anti-LGBT Law Threatens Shooting
“Guardians of the Galaxy 2″ will be delayed ? The film is currently being filmed at Pinewood Studios outside Atlanta, but it may have to be stopped if Georgia approves an anti-LGBT Act. Disney will not stand by such law.Advertisement
Disney has threatened Georgia of serious consequences if they push through with the anti-LGBT law. The company joins a growing list of corporations that are condemning the law that would eventually promote LGBT discrimination. If the Act is indeed signed into law, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” filming can be affected.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that a Disney spokesperson confirmed the company and its Marvel studios will stop plans of filming future movies in Georgia if Gov. Nathan Deal will sign into law the “Free Exercise Protection Act” or the “HB 757.”
Deal has up to May 3 to decide whether he will sign or veto the the Act. The Act, once in place and enforced, will give faith-based groups the right to refuse the provision of social, educational, or charitable services to a customer as long as they deem this against their religious beliefs. A candidate, no matter how qualified for a specific job, can also be refused employment if the organization deem him or her unfit according to their religious beliefs.
The spokesperson said Disney, as an inclusive company, does not condone this. Shooting in Georgia may implicitly show this agreement with the act, and Disney does not want this.
“Although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law,” the spokesperson wrote Wednesday. Suffice to say, “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” filming may be postponed to shoot in other areas.
Huffington Post received a statement from Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, who lauded Disney for issuing “a strong warning” to Deal. “It’s appalling that anti-LGBT activists in Georgia are trying to pass legislation creating an explicit right to discriminate against LGBT Americans,” the email statement reads.
“We urge other studios, major corporations, and fair-minded Georgians to continue speaking out and urging Gov. Deal to veto this heinous piece of legislation sitting on his desk,” the statement added.
Georgia is one of the favorite filming spots of Disney. “Ant-Man” and “Captain America: Civil War” are two of the projects that have been filmed in Georgia, according to Deadline. It will be a loss for fans if “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will not push through in time. Chris Pratt even gave an amusing tour of the set recently.