Less than a year after firing James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Disney has rehired the filmmaker to helm the movie.
This is, for a few reasons, surprising news. Disney dismissed Gunn from the film in July. The move came after right wing social media accounts resurfaced offensive and tasteless tweets Gunn made years several ago. Gunn, who had apologized for the tweets, subsequently moved to rival studio Warner Bros. to work on DC’s Suicide Squad follow up.
The firing was a controversial one. I remember being at SDCC as the news broke, overhearing incredulous muttering from fans pretty much everywhere. In the days that followed, Guardians franchise stars wrote an open letter calling for Gunn to be rehired. Dave Bautista, who portrays Drax, was so outspoken that questions arose regarding whether he’d continue on with Marvel Studios.
This story was broke earlier today by Deadline.
UPDATE: Soon after the news broke Gunn took to Twitter with a message of gratitude…
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 15, 2019