James Gunn reinstated as 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3' director

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After a series of meetings with Walt Disney Pictures honcho Alan Horn, fired director James Gunn will return to the Marvel fold.

The outlet says that Walt Disney Studios president Horn met with the filmmaker multiple times to discuss the controversy over Gunn's firing last July. He will then move onto Guardians once he completes work on the DC supervillain team-up. "I think in the next six, eight months, next year, you're gonna see James Gunn bounce back in a huge way, which is gonna be a huge statement and real vindication", Bautista added.

The 51-year-old film-maker, who had been behind both previous instalments of the Marvel franchise, came under fire when old tweets resurfaced that made light of 9/11, rape and paedophilia.

Dedicated fans even started a petition trying to get Disney to rehire Gunn.

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Gunn publicly apologized, saying that his "words of almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative".

"I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months". I deeply appreciate Disney's decision and I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all. Marvel never really made moves to hire another director as replacement and confirmed they would use Gunn's script, which he had already written prior to being fired. "Love to you all". Meanwhile, Warner Bros. tapped Gunn up to write and direct the sequel to Suicide Squad, and it looked like we were done. "I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be", Gunn wrote in a statement posted to Twitter.

The film was previously said to have a 2020 release date, but there has not yet been an announcement for when the movie will instead begin production or debut.

In the wake of his dismissal, the Guardians cast, including Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and other stars of the franchise supported Gunn in an open letter.

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