Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

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

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

Months after being fired over old tweets, James Gunn has been rehired as director of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3".

Deadline Hollywood reports in an exclusive that Disney has brought Gunn back to Guardians, the superheroes-in-space franchise he kick-started to popularity for Marvel Studios. He will then move onto Guardians once he completes work on the DC supervillain team-up. Persuaded by Gunn's public apology and his handling of the situation after, Horn chose to reverse course and reinstate Gunn.

He was ousted when some of his old tweets related to pedophilia jokes were rediscovered by conservative personalities. Horn was reportedly persuaded by Gunn's public apology and a series of meetings.

"I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the last few months", Gunn said in a statement.

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"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".

And regardless of whether Gunn would of been directing, Pratt said in February that the film would be going forward using Gunn's script. "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".

The first two Guardians films have made a combined $1.63 billion at the box office worldwide, spawned two spin-off attractions at Disney's theme parks, and even influenced Marvel Comics to change the original comic characters to more closely align with the versions from the movies. 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. Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and other stars of the franchise supported Gunn in an open letter. Filming was scheduled to start this Fall in Atlanta, but will likely be delayed until after The Suicide Squad is finished with production.

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