James Gunn Will Direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3 After All


It’s been 8 months since James Gunn was forced to step down as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 due to the discovery of offensive jokes in his Twitter timeline from years ago. Since then, he has signed on to write and direct a Suicide Squad sequel for Warner Brothers, but the Guardians of the Galaxy cast never stopped campaigning for him to be reinstated at Marvel. Now this week it looks like they have finally been vindicated as Disney has decided to rehire Gunn for the gig. Hit the jump for more info.

According to Deadline, James Gunn has been reinstated as the writer-director of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Gunn had reportedly met with Walt Disney Studios president Alan Horn several times over the past few months to discuss the situation and Horn was eventually won over by Gunn’s genuine remorse and his humble handling of the fallout. It probably also helps that his tweets were immature and misguided attempts to be funny, but did not reflect the morals of the man that most people had worked with on the first two Guardians movies.

Marvel supposedly had not met with or considered anyone else for the job despite rumours that Taika Waititi and Adam McKay might be under consideration to replace him. It would appear that they were at least partially waiting for the whole thing to blow over. Now they will wait a bit longer to start production on Guardians 3 until after Gunn finishes The Suicide Squad. Do you think Disney made the right decision here or is it hypocritical to bring him back?

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  • Lior

    We live in a hypocritical world, whether the hypocrisy is used to either topple someone, or to re-instate them. Doesn’t matter. And like most of these things, eventually it’s all about money. Those movies made tons of money for Disney and they realized by going this route they’re going to get negative feedback from the fans and some of them might boycott the film (yeah right).I don’t care at all about the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, but I do care about directors and artists having the freedom to be assholes on Twitter and not lose jobs over it.

  • Lisa V Benson

    Great news!