In a move bound to make many Marvel fans happy, James Gunn has been reinstated as the director of the third Guardians of the Galaxy installment. What sealed the deal was Walt Disney Studios president Alan Horn reportedly feeling that Gunn made an appropriate public apology and handled the situation well, all things considered.
Gunn with the Guardians cast in 2017.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is back in production after an unofficial hiatus, according to reports from Deadline and Hollywood Reporter. He will then move onto Guardians once he completes work on the DC supervillain team-up.
Representatives for the Walt Disney Co. and for Gunn on Friday confirmed that Gunn has been reinstated as writer-director of the Marvel franchise he has guided from the start. In July of a year ago, 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.
You can read James Gunn's statement in the post below!
"I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the last few months", Gunn said in a statement. I deeply appreciate Disney's decision and I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all. "Love you to you all". During his time away from Marvel he had signed on to write and direct The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros.
"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".
Gunn was let go in July 2018 after multiple offensive tweets resurfaced.
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.