For a while there we were worried that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. was going to die a horrible death with the controversial sacking of its director James Gunn after a decade long tweet was dragged up for social media to chew up and spit out.
Disney and Gunn have since made up and he is back at the helm of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. One of his stars, well Star Lord, Chris Pratt is pleased about it.
At the Avengers: Endgame premiere on Monday, Pratt said “I was so thrilled, so excited, I think it’s the right move, I really stand behind it. I’m really proud of Disney for hiring James back and ultimately thrilled for not only us, but also for the fans. I think it’s going to wrap up the trilogy in the best way.”
When Gunn was originally let go from the project the cast as well as fans rallied behind the director.
When the tweets were brought to light but a vicious right wing group, Gunn’s apology, at the time said
“My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since – not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.
Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.”
Gunn directed the first Guardians films as well s co-writing the projects. He had written the third installment before being dropped. Disney, however, relented and Gunn was reinstated.
Gunn expressed his gratitude to fans. “I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months,” he wrote. “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.”
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 15, 2019
Gunn is currently directing the Suicide Squad sequel, The Suicide Squad. His work on the next Guardians film is expected to start when that project is finished.