Disney has re-hired James Gunn to helm Guardians Of The Galaxy 3.
On Friday (March 15), news broke that James has been reinstated to write and direct the third instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Guardians of The Galaxy films.
James released a statement on Twitter on the same day.
“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,” he wrote. “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,” he added. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Love to you all.”
In July of 2018, James was fired from the movie after his controversial jokes – where he made light of pedophilia and rape – from nearly a decade ago resurfaced on Twitter. James has since issued a public apology, and the cast of GotG (including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista and more) also wrote an open letter to show their support for the director.
“The character [James Gunn] has shown in the wake of his firing is consistent with the man he was every day on set, and his apology, now and from years ago when first addressing these remarks, we believe is from the heart, a heart we all know, trust, and love. In casting each of us to help him tell the story of misfits who find redemption, he changed our lives forever. We believe the theme of redemption has never been more relevant than now. Each of us looks forward to working with our friend James again in the future. His story isn’t over – not by a long shot,” their statement read in part.
According to Deadline, who first broke the news of his reinstatement, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn and James met on several occasions – and that James’ public apology and how he handled the situation helped to reverse their initial decision.
But we might have to wait a while before the movie comes out. Following his firing, Guardians 3, which was initially set to start pre-production in the fall and begin filming in winter last year, has been put on hold. James has also since been named writer and director of DC’s upcoming second Suicide Squad movie, which is reportedly scheduled to start filming in September.