James Gunn reinstated as director for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Disney have decided to rehire Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, it emerged on Friday, with Gunn set to retake his place in the director's chair for the upcoming third instalment in the Guardians of the Galaxy series.
Gunn was dismissed last year when a series of tweets by the director from more than a decade ago resurfaced online, in which Gunn joked about sexual abuse. Gunn publicly apologised at the time, but Disney described the comments as “indefensible” and relieved Gunn of his directing duties for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, for which Gunn had already written the script.
However, Gunn has since received a lot of support from fans and an open letter from the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy pleaded with Disney to reconsider. According to Deadline, Disney actually made the decision to rehire Gunn months ago, but the his reinstatement was confirmed by Gunn himself on Friday in a post on Twitter, which you can find below:
Gunn has reportedly been busy recently with The Suicide Squad, the upcoming sequel from rivals DC, who describe the new movie not as a sequel to David Ayer's 2016 film but as a “total reboot”. That's due to arrive in August 2021, and although a third instalment of Guardians of the Galaxy was originally meant to arrive next year, it seems that the release date has been moved and it's now likely that we may not see the next instalment in the Guardians series until 2023.