James Gunn back as Guardians of the Galaxy 3 director

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

James Gunn is the guy who directed the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies for Disney, movies that made a combined total of $1.6 billion and are beloved by millions.

In a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter at the time, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said: "The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James' Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values, and we have severed our business relationship with him".

Disney has rehired the filmmaker to write and direct the third installment of the Marvel superhero franchise, "Guardians of the Galaxy". All parties have apparently agreed to allow Gunn to return to Guardians after completing work on that film.

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.

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James Gunn was sacked past year in July by Disney after a few alt-right journalists made his old tweets public.

When Gunn was sacked, he issued a statement apologizing for his controversial tweets.

Deadline confirmed the news with Marvel and Gunn's reps. In the end, while this can not have been an enjoyable ride for James Gunn, he seems to have emerged stronger than ever: given the reins to two high-profile franchises, now a household name, and enjoying the goodwill of fans and peers. "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". The script was completed before Gunn was sacked, so at least some work may be able to move forward without Gunn being involved. That film is to shoot in the fall and be released in August 2021. Despite this, the Guardians of the Galaxy's main cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn and Bautista, who all still supported him and asked for Disney to reinstate Gunn as the film's director.

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