Disney has reversed course on its next flight for "Guardians of the Galaxy", reinstating writer-director James Gunn to oversee the third movie, after firing him past year in the wake of learning about offensive social-media posts.
Gunn also confirmed the news on Twitter with an emotional statement.
The rehiring is confirmed by both Disney, Marvel and James Gunn's people.
Other now-deleted tweets from 2008-2011 included jokes about the attacks of September 11, 2001, AIDS and the holocaust.
"My words of almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative", his July 2018 statement read. I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be. "Although I don't support James Gunn's inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man", Pratt said. Gunn was sacked from the film last July over lewd tweets he posted several years ago.
Unfortunately, Disney opted to cut ties with Gunn last July and he was then hired by DC and Warner Bros.to write and direct the upcoming "Suicide Squad" sequel.
Marvel were rumoured to be considering other directors including Taika Waititi and Adam McKay for the third Guardians, but according to Deadline, they never actually met with or seriously considered any other filmmakers.
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But much of the "Guardians" cast signed an open letter a year ago seeking Gunn's rehiring; Dave Bautista, who plays Drax, was especially vocal in his support of Gunn, as a #WeAreGroot campaign gained traction. But it looked for all the world like the decision was final, although Disney was still planning to use the script Gunn wrote for Guardians of the Galaxy 3. The first two films have made more than $1.5 billion in worldwide ticket sales.
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