James Gunn rehired to direct 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3'

Tabitha Dunn
March 16, 2019

In a stunning move on Friday, Disney and Marvel Studios reversed course and re-hired James Gunn to write and direct "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3"... For those that may not recall, Gunn was sacked from Marvel last summer when some old tweets he had made resurfaced.

But Gunn's dismissal was passionately protested by many, including the "Guardians" cast. A major United States outlet exclusively announced that Disney has reinstated him and the director just posted a confirmation.

But Horn, swayed by Gunn's public apology and his graceful handling of the subsequent controversy, is said to have ultimately reconsidered his position on the firing after "multiple" meetings with Gunn, according to a report from Deadline. During the months that Gunn had been pushed away from the sequel, he signed on to write a new Suicide Squad film for DC. Gunn was sacked last July, after old, offensive tweets he'd written years before resurfaced.

In an interview with the Sun in 2017, Gunn revealed that his involvement with Marvel was going to extend past Guardians 3. While they didn't defend his Twitter posts, they did note Gunn has clearly changed as a person.

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"Although I don't support James Gunn's inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man", Pratt added. Gunn was sacked last July over tweets from almost a decade ago in which Gunn joked about subjects like pedophilia and rape. The outrage, as it turned out, was prompted by a group of alt-right Twitter groups who apparently took exception to comments that James Gunn made about President Donald Trump.

When Gunn was sacked in July, he issued a statement apologizing for his previous tweets.

"Guardians" Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper (as Rocket Racoon). Disney Studios president Alan Horn was persuaded by Gunn's public apology and his handling of the situation and made a decision to reverse course to reinstate him, according to Deadline.

The first two "Guardians of the Galaxy" films earned more than $1.6 billion worldwide and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" was planned for release in 2020.

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