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Disney Rehires James Gunn

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Today, Disney has rehired director James Gunn to work on Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Gunn had written/directed the Guardians of the Galaxy and its 2017 sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. Both of those films had become hits, with a combined 1.6 billion dollars at the box office. Disney fired Gunn last July when old tweets resurfaced that suggested rape and pedophilia.

After the firing, Disney Chairman Alan Horn talked with Gunn on several occasions. He was finally convinced by Gunn’s public apology, how he handled the situation, and the rallying of Guardians actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista. Disney had not replaced Gunn with anyone on the Guardians project. During the time in which he was fired, Gunn had signed on to do Suicide Squad 2 with the Warner Bros. and has said he will finish that before working with Disney.

Today, Gunn tweeted, "I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months. 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."

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