Disney Rehires Director James Gunn for 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3′

Sthanlee Mirador  Sipa USA  Newscom

Sthanlee Mirador Sipa USA Newscom

In a move bound to make many Marvel fans happy, James Gunn has been reinstated as the director of the third Guardians of the Galaxy installment.

Walt Disney Studios president Alan Horn reportedly met with James on multiple occasions to discuss the situation following his apology, and chose to reverse the decision.

Gunn directed the first two Guardians films as well as co-writing 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy and writing 2017's Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

The shock move comes after Disney fired Gunn in July a year ago after offensive tweets he wrote between 2008-2012 joking about rape, child abuse, and pedophilia resurfaced in the #MeToo movement. He will then move onto Guardians once he completes work on the DC supervillain team-up.

Horn chose to reverse the decision to fire Gunn, but there was now a small hiccup in the process.

"The decision to rehire Gunn -he was sacked last July by Disney after alt-right journalists made public a fusillade of decade-old social media missives that made light of paedophilia and rape - was one that was mulled and actually made months ago, following conversations with Disney studio leadership and the team at Marvel Studios". Gunn apologized for the tweets and later the same month the Guardians of the Galaxy cast issued a statement expressing their shock at Disney's severing of ties with the filmmaker. Deadline first reported the news, which has been confirmed to CNET by Gunn's representatives. The script was completed before Gunn was sacked, so at least some work may be able to move forward without Gunn being involved.

You can read James Gunn's statement in the post below! I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be. "Love to you all". "My days saying something just because it's shocking and trying to get a reaction are over". During his time away from Marvel he had signed on to write and direct The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. That film is to shoot in the fall and be released in August 2021. The first two films have made more than $1.5 billion United States in worldwide ticket sales.

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