Months after they fired James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 after a series of old yet deeply inappropriate Tweets resurfaced, Disney has reinstated Gunn to close out his trilogy.
According to Deadline, "The decision to rehire Gunn was one that was mulled and actually made months ago, following conversations with Disney studio leadership and the team at Marvel Studios." Gunn met with Disney chairman Alan Horn shortly after he was fired, but those initial talks didn't yield an immediate change of heart from the Mouse House. However, there have been what Deadline describes as "multiple meetings" with Alan Horn and Gunn over the last few months, and this has been far from an overnight change of heart.
James Gunn took to Twitter to thank Disney and everybody that supported him over the last few months.
“I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months. 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.”
Other directors including Adam McKay (Vice) and Taika Waititi (Thor Ragnorak) were rumored to have had discussions with Marvel, but neither filmmaker was officially attached. Only last month, Marvel confirmed that Gunn's script would still be used for Vol. 3, a positive sign considering they could have decided to bring in a new writer. Guardians star Dave Bautista has been vocal over his support of Gunn and had threatened to quit the sequel if Gunn's script wasn't used.
Now that Gunn is back where he belongs captaining the most exceptional bunch of A-holes in the galaxy, the question becomes when will Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 be ready to shoot? Well, the original plan was to film this year for a summer 2020 release, that's unlikely to happen as while he was fired, Gunn booked another gig, for DC. Seeing the opportunity to get Gunn in to retool their Suicide Squad sequel, Warner Bros/DC wasted no time in snapping up his services. It is believed that Suicide Squad will shoot later this year, and Gunn will return to Marvel early 2020 to start production of Guardians 3.