James Gunn thanks Disney and fans for Guardians Vol. 3 reinstatement
Earlier today it was reported that Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios had reinstated James Gunn as the writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Now Gunn himself has broken a 10-month social media freeze to issue a statement thanking both his fans and Disney for bringing him back onboard to helm the project, for which he had already penned the screenplay.
Karen Gillan, who plays the role of Thanos’ daughter/Gamora’s sister Nebula, also made a Tweet in solidarity with Gunn.
Pom Klementieff, who plays the role of empath Mantis, issued this Instagram post voicing her approval via Funko Pop!
And of course Gunn’s brother Sean Gunn, a.k.a. Kraglin and the on-set performer for Rocket Raccoon, left this message for his followers…
Walt Disney Studios president Horn met with the filmmaker multiple times to discuss the controversy over Gunn’s firing last July. Horn reversed the decision after being persuaded by Gunn’s public apology and how he handled the situation. Even though Gunn signed on to write and direct the Suicide Squad sequel for Warner Bros. and DC, Marvel Studios apparently never considered another director to helm Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The studio plans to move forward with the third installment in the trilogy once The Suicide Squad is complete.
Back in July, Walt Disney Studios dismissed Gunn from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 due to Gunn’s past controversial tweets. Despite this, the Guardians of the Galaxy‘s main cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn and Bautista, who all still supported him and asked for Disney to reinstate Gunn as the film’s director.
Early in 2018, director James Gunn revealed that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 would be released in 2020. Filming was scheduled to start this Fall in Atlanta, but will likely be delayed until after The Suicide Squad is finished with production. The third Guardians film is meant to be the final outing for the original team lineup, setting up future films in the cosmic arena of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.