James Gunn rehired to direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’

James Gunn Thanks Disney and Fans for Guardians Vol. 3 Reinstatement

James Gunn is back on board Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Deadline journalist Mike Fleming Jr wrote: "I've learned that Disney has reinstated James Gunn as the writer-director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and I've confirmed it with Marvel and Gunn's camp". What sealed the deal was Walt Disney Studios president Alan Horn reportedly feeling that Gunn made an appropriate public apology and handled the situation well, all things considered.

Deadline reported Friday that Disney actually pondered and made the final decision about bringing Gunn back to the Guardians film months ago. Disney dropped him as the director of Guardians 3 last July after old, offensive tweets by the filmmaker were unearthed and publicized by conservative pundits. He will then move onto Guardians once he completes work on the DC supervillain team-up.

What do you think about Disney's decision to bring Gunn back to Guardians? Gunn was sacked from the post last July after an alt-right brigade resurfaced decade-old Tweets written by Gunn, wherein he'd made crass jokes about rape and pedophilia.

Dedicated fans even started a petition trying to get Disney to rehire Gunn. Gunn also apologized, saying he was a different person when he wrote the tweets in question. Disney Studios president Alan Horn was persuaded by Gunn's public apology and his handling of the situation and chose to reverse course to reinstate him, according to Deadline.

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"I have regretted them for many years since - not just because they were stupid, not at all amusing, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don't reflect the person I am today or have been for some time", Gunn's statement continued. "Love you to you all".

In the wake of his dismissal, the Guardians cast, including Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and other stars of the franchise supported Gunn in an open letter.

The first two Guardians films, which follow a misfit bunch of space adventurers, have grossed over $1.6 billion globally. That film is to shoot in the fall and be released in August 2021.

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