James Gunn returning to direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

James Gunn returning to direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

After a series of meetings with Walt Disney Pictures honcho Alan Horn, fired director James Gunn will return to the Marvel fold. Deadline reports that, less than a year after he was sacked from the company following the resurfacing of offensive tweets from years prior, Gunn has been rehired as the writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the franchise he launched back in 2014. He will then move onto Guardians once he completes work on the DC supervillain team-up. As reported, Marvel has agreed to start the production on Guardians of the Galaxy 3 after Gunn finishes Suicide Squad. It does seem likely that Gunn would direct "Suicide Squad 2" first, however.

He was ousted when some of his old tweets related to pedophilia jokes were rediscovered by conservative personalities.

Friday on Twitter, Gunn expressed his gratitude to fans. Gunn also apologized, saying he was a different person when he wrote the tweets in question. I deeply appreciate Disney's decision and I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all. "I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be", Gunn wrote in a statement posted to Twitter.

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Gunn was let go in July 2018 after multiple offensive tweets resurfaced. "Love to you all". Deadline reports he will still direct the rival Warner Bros. feature now scheduled for an August 6, 2021 release before returning to the Guardians franchise.

The first two Guardians films, which follow a misfit bunch of space adventurers, have grossed over $1.6 billion globally. While it was initially meant to debut in May 2020 prior to Gunn's firing, Gunn has since signed on to direct Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad sequel, reportedly titled The Suicide Squad.

The "Guardians" cast released an open letter later that month in full support of Gunn and the movie's star, Chris Pratt, personally said he'd "love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3".

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