James Gun Returns To Direct Guardians Of The Galaxy 3

After all that's happened, no one expected this.

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Now Playing: James Gunn Rehired As Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Director - GameSpot Universe News Update

James Gunn has certainly been on a roller coaster of a ride with Disney and his role on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. First, he was fired after controversial tweets from his past surfaced. Then, Disney wouldn't hire him back despite an outcry, including from the stars of the films. Then, Gunn's script was going to be used despite his dismissal. And now, Gunn has been hired back to his former role on the movie.

Shockingly, Disney has changed its tune about Gunn, according to Deadline. He will both write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which currently does not have a release date. Gunn has subsequently confirmed the news himself.

On Twitter, Gunn announced his return to the movie by saying, "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."

Back in July 2018, Gunn was fired by Disney when controversial tweets, from many years prior, resurfaced where Gunn made joked about pedophilia and rape. Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said, "The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James' Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values, and we have severed our business relationship with him."

In the aftermath, many of the movie's stars had Gunn's back. Most vocal was Dave Bautista, although the entire cast penned a passionate letter in Gunn's defense. Meanwhile, Horn met with Gunn to discuss Gunn's role multiple times, and the chairman found he was persuaded by Gunn's public apology to reinstate him in the third movie.

Gunn has kept himself busy in the meantime, producing the upcoming May horror film Brightburn. Additionally, he will be writing and directing DC's Suicide Squad sequel, set to come out in 2021, which Will Smith recently dropped out of. Idris Elba will replace him as Deadshot.

This is big news for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as both Guardians of the Galaxy movies were massive hits. The first film brought in $773 million, while Vol. 2 raked in $863 million and helped expand the MCU by telling stories that took place in the cosmos. However, don't expect Vol. 3 any time soon. With Suicide Squad 2 expected to begin production later this year, we probably won't see Vol. 3 until 2022.

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DereksDontRun

Everyone who is unhappy with The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi should take note of this story. They brought him back because the fans were not going to accept anyone but James Gunn. If they don’t make a decent amount of cash with Episode 9 Disney will change course. Two flops in a row (Solo and 9) will force them to change their evil ways as they did with James Gunn.

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ZmanBarzel

@DereksDontRun: Two different types of outcry, though, leads to two different outcomes: the outcry from a small segment of the audience is nothing, while the outcry from stars, writers and other directors that you wish to remain in business with is everything.

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Darko-TDR

@zmanbarzel:

Small segment?

I'ts huge.

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WarGreymon77

Is this because Batista is going to Wrestlemania? No?

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naryanrobinson

The fact that Disney started this nonsense in the first place is very telling.

They couldn't care less about right and wrong, just appearing to be whatever they think the mob wants.

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santinegrete

Great news. The guy did a very good job, there was just no real good reason to part him with a role he filled pretty well. And it seems he also learnt something. I hope few people get pissed, we don't need more heat, I want the MCU to be without more blemishes.

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KamiNoBeniMizu

Thank you Brie Larson!

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EdwardNygma

@kaminobenimizu: LOL the ONLY good thing she has done.

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ahpuck

Wow. I'm in shock! Good move, Disney, good move.

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Pongman1975

This is GREAT news. Im so happy for Mr. Gunn. Nobody should have to get picked apart by every little mistake theyve made.

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Mogan

Sounds like Disney may have ... jumped the Gunn.

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EdwardNygma

@Mogan: LOL

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Xanitra

@Mogan hahahaha. That made me laugh so hard, oh jusus Christ :

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jenovaschilld

This was all started by some far right wing, headline hungry douche-bags that scared Disneys head Iger, who was already in a power struggle and bad press shell shock- who then took a poorly knee jerk reaction and made some very bad decisions but could not back down.

Luckily the delays of a billion dollar property, was enough to push the Rehiring of Gunn - who, yes, said some shocking comedic things post Troma to get some press.

I am glad, he is back.

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EdwardNygma

@jenovaschilld: Most conservatives are against any form of censorship. I am glad Gunn is back.

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jenovaschilld

@edwardnygma: maybe so, (although left/right only want censorship when its in their favor) but the start of the outcry was actual hit piece to draw attention to alt/right (pizza gate) guy in order to draw traffic to his site for profit. This attention to Gunns tweets brought a second life to a story that was already covered before - but with a new 'I am offended' that scared Disney's Iver. See Here https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/1/17639430/james-gunn-disney-mike-cernovich-firing-social-media-guardians-of-the-galaxy and many other articles, to see how social media is being weaponized, in this instance related to the GoTG writer/director.

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santinegrete

@jenovaschilld: great summary of how this started.

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illegal_peanut

Am I the only one who thinks that your internet comments and activities shouldn't harm your job?

They already take up damn near your whole week, month, and year. Isn't that enough?

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jenovaschilld

@illegal_peanut: Well yes and no. Your opinions about this and that is fine. You can hate on blacks, handicap, fat, blue, squids -wtf ever you want. And people who feel offended by that can suck a dick. But....... When you use your online what ever to hurt others or encourage 'action' in what ever form to hurt, harm, or discriminate against others is pretty wrong. Like i can say I think all midgets belly button would smell like garlic toast, is fine. But if I ask all in the world to not hire someone or not let them rent a place because I think their belly button would smell like toast is horribly wrong and illegal, forgot to add illegal.

Also if you are hired to do a job and your online presence interferes with that job that is expressly written, then ....

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EdwardNygma

@jenovaschilld: You toastist! How dare you! :)

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aross2004

Hopefully the 3rd time will be the charm on getting a good GotG movie out of this chump.

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Jigen32

@aross2004: I thought the first one was great.

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DereksDontRun

Both were great.

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Ormgaard

Best news in a long time , now i can look forward to the 3rd movie with joy.

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demon-returns

The firing was all just for show any ways...... probably gave him a wink wink and a nudge when they told him he was "fired"

If only things worked liked that for the rest of us....

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Poodger

@demon-returns: Who are the rest of us? I have never been fired from a job before.

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oo7superdave

does Roseanna get her job back? Come on disney all she did was make a joke.

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Barighm

@oo7superdave: Let's not compare Gunn to someone who wasn't joking and made comments very recently in a very public, easily accessed forum.

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oo7superdave

@Barighm: She said she was joking. Maybe she was lying i don't know that, but she claimed she was joking after she was already fired. I don't really care if either was to get there jobs back , but there is no denying the hypocrisy of the two situations.

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Alsebra

@oo7superdave: No hypocrisy, though...Gunn made the tweets just after he left Troma (which, if you don't know, was/is a company that focused on parody and gross humor...Poultrygeist and Toxic Avenger amongst their properties) over 10 years ago and had been hired by not only Warner Brothers (for the live-action Scooby Doo movies...the good ones, at least), but Disney as well. If Disney did their due diligence and found those tweets then, it'd be a different story...but it only raised worry when someone attacked Gunn for his political beliefs.

Roseanne comments, on the other hand, were voiced much more recently, were directly inflammatory, didn't come after leaving a slightly subversive company, and weren't brought up only due to a political argument (yes, it may have been politically motivated, but she wasn't discussing politics when it was voiced).

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Richardthe3rd

I'm really surprised by this, but I highly support it.

Dredging the swamp for a long forgotten bucket of tar is not a practice this industry should lend value to, whatever the agenda.

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nintendoboy16

Good! Gunn's firing was another case of caving to outrage culture, this time of a right-wing ASJW persuasion as it was sparked by an alt-right conspiracy theorist out for blood, not long after the whole thing with Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and Thiel.

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srfilk86

Pumped. Disney was quite cheeky firing the guy who made two of the best movies since the original Indiana Jones. I hope he makes a Farscape movie some day.

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srfilk86

@Decoy77: It was a (bad) joke. His costume was a catholic priest. It was a joke on them more than anything.

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HBninjaX

this is great news for the LGBTQP community

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demon-returns

@HBninjaX: so much of a great news they should even have a parade in honor?

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gargar

@HBninjaX: Hahahahahha

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gamingdevil800

@HBninjaX: lmao that profile pic.

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JSprunk

Meh. Nothing to do with this weirdo, but just another comic book movie I won't watch.

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MisterTech

Good. Should have never been fired. Smart move.

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redhedjack

Cool. Now bring Apu back to the Simpsons along with undoing about a dozen other stupid SJW decisions

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Andy639_basic

@redhedjack: Uh... you realize the whole reason Gunn's tweets were dug up in the first place is because he was attacked for being a 'stupid SJW' by some right-wing hacks on Twitter.

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EdwardNygma

@Andy639_basic: Most conservatives are against any form of censorship. This was a couple of individuals.

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