Disney reinstates James Gunn on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Filmmaker James Gunn shared an emotional post on Twitter thanking his fans for their love and support

After being fired from Disney, the company has now reinstated him as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

In a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter at the time, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said: "The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James' Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values, and we have severed our business relationship with him".

Deadline further notes that Marvel "never met with or considered any other director for Guardians of the Galaxy 3, despite speculation that Thor: Ragnarok helmer Taika Waititi and Vice helmer Adam McKay were in the mix", which made Gunn's return easier - and that Disney actually made the decision to re-hire Gunn months ago. He will then move onto Guardians once he completes work on the DC supervillain team-up.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 will resume production after Gunn wraps The Suicide Squad. Persuaded by Gunn's public apology and his handling of the situation after, Horn made a decision to reverse course and reinstate Gunn. Gunn was sacked last July over tweets from almost a decade ago in which Gunn joked about subjects like pedophilia and rape. Deadline first reported the news, which has been confirmed to CNET by Gunn's representatives.

Things are looking up for James Gunn.

"It's not to say I'm better, but 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. Love you to you all". The horror film he produced, Brightburn, releases on May 24.

Guardians stars, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Dave Bautista, all signed an open letter calling for Gunn's reinstatement, with Bautista (who plays Drax in the Guardians films) explaining his passionate defense of Gunn in a recent interview with the Tampa Bay Times.

The wrestler-turned-actor said he was not going to let go of his grudge against the alt-right pundits who got Gunn fired. The first two films have made more than $1.5 billion in worldwide ticket sales.



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