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By Richard Heaton
In a surprising turn of events, Disney has re-hired James Gunn to be the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3.
Last July, rape tweets of Gunn’s dating back to 2008 and 2011 were discovered and Disney immediately fired him. Following his departure, there was an outcry from fans and co-workers alike who were both shocked and disappointed by the news.
Within days of the sacking, an open support letter in Gunn’s honor was posted online. This letter was signed by numerous Guardians cast members including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel.
Before being brought back, Disney was originally going to use the script that Gunn wrote for Volume 3. Even with him being fired as the director, he still would have been credited as a writer.
After being brought back, Gunn took to Twitter for the first time in months. His last tweet before the news was in last July. Then, on Mar. 15, he jumped back following the most recent news with a letter to fans.
“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 said.
In addition to Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3, Gunn will also write and direct the Suicide Squad reboot, which will be released sometime in 2021.