The filmmaker was fired in July 2018.
In a remarkable turn of events, Disney reinstated James Gunn as director of The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Disney fired Gunn in July 2018, after the filmmaker's old offensive tweets were redone online by conservative online personalities. The shooting was controversial, with Guardians of the Galaxy Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Dave Bautista have signed an open letter requesting the rehiring of the filmmaker. Bautista, in particular, had clearly expressed his support for Gunn.
Marvel Studios put Guardians 3 On hold, Kevin Feige, director of Marvel, and others involved have said they want to make this film a reality. Guardians 3 never had a release date, but Gunn had previously announced its opening in 2020.
In the weeks following Gunn's dismissal, Disney began to offer hype to the new directors. But by mid-autumn, the research seemed to have ended, many thinking that the project was on the back burner. Almost no one knew that Marvel / Disney had gone back to Gunn and had a deal … in secret, according to insiders.
After the shot, Gunn went to Warner Bros. and DC to write and direct The suicide brigade, who has Idris Elba ready to play. Gunn plans to make movies with The suicide brigade come first.
When Gunn was fired, he issued a statement in which he apologized for his previous tweets.
"My words from nearly ten years ago were, at the time, totally doomed to failure and unfortunate efforts to provoke," reads in his statement of July 2018. " I regret them for many years – not only because they were stupid, not at all funny, extremely insensitive, and certainly not provocative as I had hoped, but also because they do not reflect not the person I am for a while