Disney and Marvel Studios have reinstated James Gunn as the Guardians of the Galaxy 3 director, according to Deadline! Guardians of the Galaxy 3 production was scheduled to start either in January or February of this year, and pre-production was to have started last fall. The July firing of James Gunn for old, offensive tweets had the studios scrapping those plans.
According to the site, “Walt Disney Studios president Alan Horn met with Gunn on multiple occasions to discuss the situation. Persuaded by Gunn’s public apology and his handling of the situation after, Horn decided to reverse course and reinstate Gunn.”
Gunn’s return as Guardians of the Galaxy 3 director got complicated when he signed to write and direct The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. Pictures, but Marvel Studios has agreed to start production on the third installment after Gunn completes the new Suicide Squad film. Deadline adds that Marvel Studios never met with or considered any other director for Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
Gunn had already written a script which Marvel confirmed would be used for the third film.
At the end of July, the entire Guardians of the Galaxy cast issued a statement in support of the reinstatement of writer/director James Gunn. Gunn’s first film in the franchise grossed $773 million worldwide in 2014 and the second film earned $863.8 million last year.
A release date was never set, but it was previously released the third film would open in theaters in 2020. That will no longer be the case, of course, as Gunn is expected to first start production on The Suicide Squad this fall for a release date on August 6, 2021.
You can read James Gunn’s statement below: