Disney rehires James Gunn to direct 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3'

Carla Harmon
March 15, 2019

Deadline reports that James Gunn will return as writer-director of the third "Guardians" film. Gunn's tweet jokes were in very poor taste, but they were just that-jokes. Before he got suspended by Marvel, Gunn had written a script for the third Guardians film which was rumoured to be used for the film.

"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. In the interim, Gunn signed on to reboot the Suicide Squad franchise for Warner Bros and Deadline confirms that Disney will allow him to honour that agreement before commencing work again on Guardians 3.

James Gunn has received a second chance. "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. It seems that is intact and his new contract states he cannot begin the third Guardians film until he completes The Suicide Squad.

But Gunn's dismissal was passionately protested by many, including the Guardians cast. I have been, and continue to be incredibly humbled by your love and support. In August, however, Variety reported that Disney was upholding its decision to fire the filmmaker, even after an alleged meeting between Gunn and Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. "Love you to you all". "And don't believe I won't rub it into a few people's faces, because he deserves it". 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.

The first two installments grossed over US$1.6 billion worldwide and in a rare occurrence, the second movie made more than the first.

Guardians 3 was originally scheduled to be filming now and released in 2020.

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