James Gunn Rehired to Direct 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3'

Sergio Cunningham
March 16, 2019

It seems that is intact and his new contract states he cannot begin the third Guardians film until he completes The Suicide Squad. After firing him for offensive, decade-old tweets last July, Disney met with Gunn on several occasions and determined that he had taken the right steps and was indeed the man to helm Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. We don't know yet how that will pan out, seeing as half the team turned to ash in Avengers: Infinity War, but Gunn's rehiring is sure to increase the hype even more.

Deadline confirmed the news with Marvel and Gunn's reps.

According to a report from Deadline, after Gunn was sacked, he met several times with Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn on several occasions. Unlike the defensive attitude shown by Kevin Hart which cost him to skip hosting the Oscars this year, Gunn fell on the sword early but never lashed out on Disney.

Gunn publicly apologized, saying that his "words of almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative".

"'Eagle Snatches Kid' is what I call it when I get lucky", reads a tweet Gunn posted in 2012.

James Gunn is back on board Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
James Gunn returns to Marvel, no impact to The Suicide Squad

"I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months", Gunn wrote on Twitter. In July of past year, alt-right provocateur Mike Cernovich drew attention to a series of tasteless tweets Gunn made a decade before Disney hired him, stupid thoughtless jokes about pedophaelia and rape and the Holocaust.

Fleming reports "the decision to rehire Gunn was one that was mulled and actually made months ago, following conversations with Disney studio leadership and the team at Marvel Studios".

Gunn added a thank you to Disney and said he was excited to "continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all".

Stars of the "Guardians" films, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, signed a letter strongly expressing their support of Gunn shortly after his removal. The horror film he produced, Brightburn, releases on May 24. But I suspect James Gunn wrapping up the trilogy he started the way he wanted will be worth the wait.

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