James Gunn Rehired to Direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ [Updated]

/Film | 3/15/2019 | Ben Pearson
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Whoa – here’s something totally unexpected. Disney has rehired James Gunn as Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director after firing him months ago due to offensive, years-old tweets.

Deadline has the report, and they’ve confirmed with Marvel and with Gunn’s representatives that the filmmaker will indeed return to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after the studio fired him last July. The outlet says this decision “was mulled and actually made months ago, following conversations with Disney studio leadership and the team at Marvel Studios,” and Walt Disney Studios president Alan Horn met with Gunn several times to talk about the situation before eventually deciding to bring him back into the fold.

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After being booted from Disney and Marvel, Gunn was hired by Warner Bros. and DC to direct The Suicide Squad – a duty he will still fulfill. Marvel has agreed to wait until after Gunn is finished with The Suicide Squad before getting underway with Guardians 3. The studio was planning to use Gunn’s script anyway, and despite rumors that directors like Taika Waititi or Adam McKay were being considered to step in for him, apparently that was never on the table. Deadline says “Marvel Studios never met with or considered any other director” for the project.

It may be worth noting that at the Captain Marvel junket, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was asked about Gunn’s influence over the new slate of Marvel movies:

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His influence was Guardians. It was Guardians. It was his input on Guardians and the...
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