James Gunn Rehired As "Guardians Of The Galaxy 3" Director

Esequiel Farfan
Marcha 15, 2019

Shockingly, Disney has changed its tune about Gunn, according to Deadline.

Disney has reinstated James Gunn as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 following his firing past year over offensive tweets which were dug up.

Deadline reports that James Gunn will return as writer-director of the third "Guardians" film. Gunn was sacked last July, after old, offensive tweets he'd written years before resurfaced.

Marvel Studios put the film on hold after social media posts were found where Gunn made light of paedophilia, rape and the 9/11 terror attack. After a controversy grew, Gunn apologized - and was sacked anyway.

If that's all correct, we won't see Guardians Vol. 3 for a while; Suicide Squad 2 isn't even shooting yet.

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Disney doesn't appear to have shared anything by way of a full, public explanation for the surprise reversal at the time of this writing, but it's safe to say the cast members who rushed to Gunn's defense - some of whom even threatened to not take part in the next movie at all - may have played a part. "I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger".

Immediately after Gunn's dismissal, the primary cast of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise made a public statement calling for his re-instatement, with Drax actor Dave Bautista going so far as saying he would balk at reprising his role in the franchise again should the writer/director not be on-board.

After the firing, Walt Disney Studios president Alan Horn met with Gunn on multiple occasions to discuss the situation. "Love to you all". "At the end of the day, he was making jokes and he was being provocative and he was looking for that shock value, but they were just jokes".

"For the record, when I made these shocking jokes, I wasn't living them out".

In Deadline's original announcement, it was said that Disney actually did cut ties with Gunn, but restablished the relationship after Gunn's impassioned apologies.

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