Disney reinstates James Gunn on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

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James Gunn had completed his script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and production was scheduled to begin early this year. Deadline reports that, less than a year after he was sacked from the company following the resurfacing of offensive tweets from years prior, Gunn has been rehired as the writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the franchise he launched back in 2014.

While Gunn's jokes were beyond poor taste, they were also many years old and from another era of his life, and Gunn was never anything but apologetic in the aftermath. Gunn created, wrote and directed the first two instalments in the franchise and it seems unclear how the film in the expected trilogy could go ahead without him. 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. Fan petitions circulated online.

Gunn publicly apologized, saying that his "words of almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative". I have been, and continue to be incredibly humbled by your love and support. "To be honest with you I don't know if I want to work for Disney", he said to Jonathan Ross at the time.

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James Gunn has also weighed in, with his first tweet since 20 July 2018.

In July, Disney, which owns Marvel Studios, cut ties with Gunn after Pizzagate conspiracy theorists Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec drew attention to tasteless tweets the filmmaker posted between 2008 and 2011.

(L-R) Michael Rooker, Pom Klementieff and James Gunn pose before a screening of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" at the Four Seasons hotel on April 27, 2017 in Moscow, Russia.

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In the wake of his dismissal, the Guardians cast, including Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and other stars of the franchise supported Gunn in an open letter. That film is to shoot in the fall and be released in August 2021.

James Gunn is seen upon arrival at Haneda Airport on December 18, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.

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