In a surprising bit of news, it has been confirmed that James Gunn has been rehired to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 by Marvel Studios.
Gunn directed the first two Guardians films as well as co-writing 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy and writing 2017's Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
James Gunn released a statement on Twitter following Disney's decision to rehire him as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Horn reversed his decision to fire Gunn after the director's public apology and handling of the entire situation thereafter. 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.
Gunn earlier apologized for the tweets, which he called "unfortunate efforts to be provocative".
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Ultimately, Gunn's missives were poorly chosen words and not actions, though Disney's quick trigger was completely understandable when the social media messages were first reported by outlets like Fox News.
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 past few months", he wrote. "Love to you all". Then, Gunn's script was going to be used. "My days saying something just because it's shocking and trying to get a reaction are over".
Gunnhas already signed on to direct the Suicide Squad sequel for DC and Warner Bros, so Marvel won't start production on GOTG 3 until he wraps that up.
Gunn has been re-hired to direct the third installment in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" franchise, the Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana series about misfits who protect outer-space, an individual familiar with the project told Variety. The first two films have made more than $1.5 billion USA in worldwide ticket sales.