James Gunn back as Guardians of the Galaxy 3 director

James Gunn back as Guardians of the Galaxy 3 director

Gunn had already written a script for the third "Guardians", though production on the film will likely have to wait until "Suicide Squad" is completed. Deadline's report indicated that Gunn's apology played a big role in Disney's decision to bring him back for Guardians 3.

While Gunn's jokes were beyond poor taste, they were also many years old and from another era of his life, and Gunn was never anything but apologetic in the aftermath.

Deadline confirmed the news with Marvel and Gunn's reps. Apparently this follows multiple meetings between Gunn and Walt Disney Studios president Alan Horn to discuss the situation. A Change.org petition calling for Disney to rehire Gunn has garnered almost 430,000 signatures.

Gunn publicly apologized, saying that his "words of almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative". "I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months", he wrote. James Gunn is the guy who directed the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies for Disney, movies that made a combined total of $1.6 billion and are beloved by millions.

"The best thing about being raped is when you're done being raped and it's like 'whew this feels great, not being raped!'" James Gunn said in 2009, the same year he wrote this: "I like it when little boys touch me in my silly place".

In the midst of the revelation of his tweets, and the subsequent firestorm, James Gunn deactivated his personal website - but not before it had been archived online.

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Gunn offered a statement Friday, thanking his fans for their continued support.

Stars of the "Guardians" films, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, signed a letter strongly expressing their support of Gunn shortly after his removal.

It is tentatively scheduled for an August 6, 2021 release.

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"I will be helping to plant the seeds that will lead to the next decade", Gunn said.

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