Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Disney Rehires James Gunn For Guardians Of The Galaxy 3

Disney Rehires James Gunn For Guardians Of The Galaxy 3

Gunn has been writer and director of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" franchise from the start, taking an obscure Marvel Comics title about a group of multicolored misfits and turning it into a space opera decked with comedy and retro music that made Pratt a major movie star.

According to Deadline, the decision to rehire him was made months ago after conversations between Disney and Marvel.

Gunn posted a tweet Friday afternoon acknowledging his return to Disney, saying he was "tremendously grateful" to his supporters and "excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all". "Unlike the defensive posture exhibited by Kevin Hart that led him to skip hosting the Oscars, Gunn fell on his sword early and often and never lashed out at Disney". "As I've developed as a person, so has my work and my humor", he said in a statement at the time. Derrickson, Peyton Reed, Taika Waititi, and others have all been very open about their adoration and respect for Gunn in recent years, especially following the news that he had been fired.

"Guardians of the Galaxy 3", which has already been delayed, will be delayed a little longer in order for Gunn to wrap "Suicide Squad" before returning to the Marvel Studios.

Gunn with the Guardians cast in 2017. Credit PA
Gunn with the Guardians cast in 2017. Credit PA

In a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter at the time, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said: "The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James' Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values, and we have severed our business relationship with him". "Love to you all".

(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. Following his dismissal last Summer, WB was quick to sign Gunn who is reportedly doing a new take on Suicide Squad, which has an August 6, 2021 release date.

Following his firing a year ago, Gunn was snapped up by Warner Bros to write and direct The Suicide Squad sequel, starring Idris Elba, out in 2021. To paraphrase Quicksilver, I didn't see this coming, did you?

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