James Gunn rehired to direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3

Brenda Watkins
March 15, 2019

James Gunn is returning to Marvel Studios.

Gunn's rehiring is a decision that was reportedly made some time ago after meetings with Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, and will not conflict with his work at Warner Bros. on The Suicide Squad.

Deadline reported Friday that Disney actually pondered and made the final decision about bringing Gunn back to the Guardians film months ago.

The tweets were dated between 2008 to 2012, years before Gunn took the reins of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.

Now, according to Deadline, Gunn will begin production on Guardians 3 once he concludes work on Suicide Squad 2. Gunn was sacked last July over tweets from almost a decade ago in which Gunn joked about subjects like pedophilia and rape.

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Dedicated fans even started a petition trying to get Disney to rehire Gunn. If you'll recall, Gunn was forced to vacate his seat when Internet hounds discovered a bunch of controversial Tweets assigned to his name.

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

James Gunn has received a second chance. "Love you to you all". 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. Early on after Gunn's dismissal, it was confirmed the studio planned to utilize Gunn's script - which had been turned in prior to his firing. "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 films have made more than $1.5 billion United States in worldwide ticket sales.

With The Suicide Squad due on August 6, 2021, that should mean Guardians will probably not hit theaters until any earlier than 2023 at this stage.

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.

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