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Peter Quill/Starlord, Groot, Draxx and Gamora: Dusted Guardians of the Galaxy.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is back in production after an unofficial hiatus, according to reports from deadline and Hollywood reporter† If you’re tired of Marvel Studios Sequelitis for whatever reason, you may be more intrigued by why the weather is: because the original director, James Gunn, has been rehired.

Gunn’s departure from Marvel Studios and Disney turned into a dirty wash last July, after tweets and blog posts from 2009 surfaced by an alt-right proponent of pizzagate conspiracy theories. The “joking” tweets in question were on their face, good on the bad taste side, although because they appeared in an earlier version of Twitter, they missed the site’s newer, reply-linked metadata which might have provided more context .

Gunn’s last comment on the case was An apology posted on Twitter that same month:

I am very, very different from a few years ago; Today I try to root my work in love and connection and less anger. My days of saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a response are over. In the past I have apologized for the humor of mine that hurt people. I felt really sorry and meant every word of my apology.

After that statement, Gunn went completely silent on Twitter, which also meant he stopped frequently criticizing President Donald Trump on the site (one possible reason why alt-right critics targeted Gunn’s older tweets in the first place). In fact, he didn’t even use Twitter to announce the wild career that soon followed: that he had been hired to direct and write a new “reboot” movie for the DC Comics series. suicide squad

Today THR report clarifies that Disney’s search for a new Guardians Director may never have happened after all. Instead, while the movie industry guessed who might take the helm and agents made bids for their clients, Disney waited a few weeks and secretly went back to Gunn to make a deal. This deal included letting Gunn continue the work on suicide squadwhich is currently tied to a 2021 release. This would then mark the second big friendly shift from a Marvel Studios film director to a DC franchise, following Joss Whedon’s work completing the 2017 Justice League movie.

Deadline’s report contained suggestions that Disney chairman Alan Horn reversed the course on the firing, specifically because of the aforementioned apology and follow-up meetings with Gunn himself.

This article has been updated with further context from Deadline’s report

By akfire1

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