After being fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the writer-director has reportedly been reinstated by Disney to the cosmic superhero franchise. Apparently this follows multiple meetings between Gunn and Walt Disney Studios president Alan Horn to discuss the situation.
Immediately after Gunn's dismissal, the primary cast of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise made a public statement calling for his re-instatement, with Drax actor Dave Bautista going so far as saying he would balk at reprising his role in the franchise again should the writer/director not be on-board.
James is also writing and directing the Suicide Squad sequel for DC, but Marvel has agreed to commence production on Guardians after he's done with the sequel. Persuaded by a public apology by Gunn, Horn made a decision to take him back. Gunn was sacked from the post last July after an alt-right brigade resurfaced decade-old Tweets written by Gunn, wherein he'd made crass jokes about rape and pedophilia.
"My words of almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative", his July 2018 statement read. According to Deadline, Gunn attended several meetings with Walt Disney Studios President Alan Horn, and eventually Disney made a decision to shift course. "Although I don't support James Gunn's inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man", Pratt said.
Gunn added a thank you to Disney and said he was excited to "continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all".
Chris Pratt also recently confirmed Gunn's original script would be used and it suddenly looks more and more like it was the plan all along to bring back Gunn. "Love to you all". "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". During his time away from Marvel he had signed on to write and direct The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros.
The first two Guardians films, which follow a misfit bunch of space adventurers, have grossed over $1.6 billion globally. Deadline reports he will still direct the rival Warner Bros. feature now scheduled for an August 6, 2021 release before returning to the Guardians franchise.
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