James Gunn re-hired for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’

James Gunn

The director is making its way back to Marvel Cinematic Universe as months after Hollywood filmmaker James Gunn was fired from the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ franchise.

Disney is finally onboard as the director of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ for Volume 3.

Gunn was fired by Disney from Marvel’s project because some of its insensitive and controversial tweets appeared on the internet in July, which he shared over a decade ago on topics such as pedophilia and rape.

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Disclosing this big to his fans, the filmmaker took to his Twitter account and wrote, “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.”

After firing, Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and other Guardian stars came out in support of Gunn, along with many other celebrities. Marvel also signed an open letter to rehire the director for the project.

Last year in October, a group of Gunn’s fans created a website called ‘RehireJamesGunn.com’, and paid USD 4,000 (about INR 2.96 lakh) to run the digital billboards.

A group of his fans also started an online campaign who pledged in the favor of Gunn. After he was fired from the franchise, Gunn apologized for his “insensitive words”, posted a public statement on Twitter.

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He tweeted, “My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.”

Following the firing, Gunn shifted from Marvel to the DC world, where he was hired to write and direct the upcoming multi starrer film ‘Suicide Squad’.

As per the Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker is planning to work on both the films, with the DC film coming first.