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

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

After being fired from Disney, the company has now reinstated him as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Multiple reports confirm that Gunn is now officially back in the director's chair for this next installment in the comic book franchise - a huge reversal of Disney's decision that sparked a passionate outcry from Guardians cast members.

In July of 2018, a number of tweets dating back to 2009 in which Gunn joked about pedophilia, homophobia, rape, and September 11 resurfaced and Disney quickly severed ties with him. Disney didn't reverse their course then, despite massive fan petitions. 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 first reported the news, which has been confirmed to CNET by Gunn's representatives.

"I have regretted them for many years since - not just because they were stupid, not at all amusing, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don't reflect the person I am today or have been for some time", Gunn's statement continued. "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. 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. "Love you to you all". "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".

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Following his firing previous year, Gunn was snapped up by Warner Bros to write and direct The Suicide Squad sequel, starring Idris Elba, out in 2021.

The film was previously said to have a 2020 release date, but there has not yet been an announcement for when the movie will instead begin production or debut. The first two films have made more than $1.5 billion in worldwide ticket sales. Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and other stars of the franchise supported Gunn in an open letter.

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