It’s official. James Gunn is heading back to Marvel to helm the franchise he started.
Deadline is reporting that Gunn has officially be reinstated as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The news comes directly from Marvel and Disney, as the report states that the decision was made months ago.
The move to fire Gunn from the film stems from decades old rape/pedophilia jokes he made over the course of four years on his Twitter account. Walt Disney Studios president Alan Horn, who had a hand in Gunn’s initial firing last summer, met with the director several times after he was removed from the position. Horn was persuaded to change his mind after seeing Gunn’s public apology and his subsequent handling of the situation.
Gunn never tried to shift blame for the situation, accepting full responsibility for his remarks, or jokes as most call it, and has been silent on social media ever since.
The decision to return to Disney comes at a time when Gunn has signed on to helm a film in the DC universe, The Suicide Squad. Marvel Studios has agreed to commence production on Guardians of the Galaxy 3 after Gunn completes Suicide Squad 2.
Making the whole thing easier though was the fact that Marvel Studios never met with or considered any other director for Guardians of the Galaxy 3, despite speculation that Thor: Ragnarok helmer Taika Waititi and Ant-Man writer Adam McKay were in the mix.
Disney has already confirmed that Gunn’s script will be used for the film, and the entire Guardians cast is expected to return.
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