Disney decides to rehire James Gunn to direct Guardians of Galaxy 3.
After a controversial resignation, it looks like Disney has backtracked and will rehire James Gunn to head Guardians of Galaxy 3.
The decision, according to the Deadline, was made months ago after talks with the head of Disney Studios and the Marvel Studios team.
Gunn was fired after a series of tweets he published between 2008 and 2011 (before being hired by Disney) to be dug up by members of the North American alt-right in the wake of the #metoo movement as a way of counteracting it.
The messages played with themes such as pedophilia and rape.
Since then, the director has made several public apologies and acknowledged his mistakes.
Since the beginning of the controversy, Gunn has received support from the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy.
One of the most vocal was the actor Dave Bautista, Drax, who even said he would like to join the squad of Suicide Squad 2 when Gunn was announced as a director.
Karen Gillan, who plays Nebula, published an open letter signed by all the main cast (Chris Pratt, Zoey Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker, and Pom Klementieff) in support of the director.
This move worked for Gunn. According to the Deadline, after his resignation, Walt Disney Studios President Alan Horn met with Gunn on many occasions to discuss the situation.
Persuaded by his public apology and how he dealt with the case later, Horn decided to reverse the course and rehire the director.
A hindrance to his return to the Marvel Universe is the commitment as mentioned earlier to Warner / DC to conduct the reboot of the Suicide Squad.
Therefore, Marvel Studios would have agreed to start the production of Guardians 3 only after finishing work on the competitor’s film.
Still according to the Deadline, despite speculation that Taika Waititi ( Thor: Ragnarok ) and Adam McKay ( Vice ) could take over Guardians, there was never another option within Disney that was not Gunn.
Of the few statements by Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige about the film, one certainty was that he would use the director’s original screenplay for the first two films.