James Gunn will direct third Guardians movie after all

By Michael Cavna | Washington Post

“Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3” would have been a tall
order for anyone but franchise filmmaker James Gunn to direct. Now,
a year after Disney fired Gunn over his social media activity, the
studio has rehired him to make the third “Guardians” film,
according to the Hollywood trades.

Gunn’s return was reportedly paved by meetings with Walt
Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Deadline, which was first to
report the news Friday, said the decision was “actually made
months ago.”

“I deeply appreciate Disney’s decision, and I am excited to
continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind
us all,” Gunn tweeted Friday afternoon.

Gunn was fired last summer after old, offensive tweets about
rape and pedophilia were resurfaced online by critics on the
political right. The filmmaker, who had guided the first two
“Guardians” movies to success – the movies grossed a combined
$1.6 billion worldwide – apologized for the tweets, which he
called attempted jokes.

In July, Horn said in a statement: “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.”

But much of the “Guardians” cast signed an open letter last
year seeking Gunn’s rehiring; Dave Bautista, who plays Drax, was
especially vocal in his support of Gunn, as a #WeAreGroot campaign
gained traction.

“I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has
supported me over the past few months,” Gunn tweeted. “I am
always learning and will continue to work at being the best human
being I can be.”

Gunn had recently been announced as the director of DC’s
“Suicide Squad 2.”

“Guardians of the Galaxy 3” was originally slated for a 2020
release. Some of the “Guardians” characters will next be seen
in April’s “Avengers: Endgame.”

Disney has not responded to The Washington Post’s requests for
comment.

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James Gunn will direct third Guardians movie after all