James Gunn Rehired for 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Vol 3

James Gunn Rehired for 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Vol 3
Disney has reinstated James Gunn as the writer-director of Guardians of the Galaxy vol 3, according to CNN. The studio dismissed the director in July, after years-old joke tweets. James Gunn apologized for the tweets and issued a statement saying, "I understand and accept the business decisions taken," and the Guardians gang Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Sean Gunn all sided with Gunn and said they believed he shouldn’t be fired over the tweets.

Gunn posts a photo on Twitter and said, " I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months. I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be. I deeply appreciate Disney's decision and I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all. I have been and continue to be incredibly humbled by your love and support. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Love to you all.

Gunn's reinstatement, first reported by Deadline, comes after he had already been signed to direct another major movie The sequel to "Suicide Squad," a DC Comics property that will be released by Warner Bros. Disney confirmed the Deadline report, but had no further comment. Gunn’s two “Guardians” films, which have grossed more than $1.6 billion in the international box office, have a loyal base of Marvel superhero fans. The characters have been featured in the latest "Avengers" storyline, beginning with "Infinity War" and continuing with the upcoming "Endgame." He also was a forthright critic of Donald Trump, while the Daily Caller is supportive of the president.

The third Guardians movie will start production after Gunn finishes work on Suicide Squad, according to Deadline. The new Squad movie is due for release in August of 2021.