Disney Rehires James Gunn To Helm Guardians Of The Galaxy 3
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has reinstated James Gunn as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after he was sacked by the production house in July 2018 over decade-old tweets that joked about rape and abuse. Though many people welcomed Disney’s decision of firing Gunn over offensive tweets, the sacking did not go down well with some of the actors of the franchise. Soon after the filmmaker was shown the exit gate, several Guardians of the Galaxy stars, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Dave Bautista came together and signed an open letter asking for the filmmaker to be rehired to execute the next instalment of the franchise.
“I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months,” Gunn wrote on Twitter Friday. “I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be. 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. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Love to you all.”
After being sacked, Gunn joined hands with Warner Bros. and DC to write and direct The Suicide Squad. The film is being headlined by talented actor Idris Elba and is expected to hit the marquee on Aug. 6, 2021. After being reinstated to helm Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Gunn plans on working on both films, with The Suicide Squad coming first, as per sources.
The Guardians of the Galaxy series has grossed over $1.6bn (£1.2bn) worldwide, with the sequel surpassing the total collection of the first instalment. Released in 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 shattered all records of box-office success by racking up $863 million.