Disney has apparently had a change of heart when it comes to giving James Gunn the boot as director of the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie, which the studio did back in July 2018 after some controversial old tweets of Gunn's were surfaced by a right-wing blogger.
Representatives for the Walt Disney Co. and for Gunn on Friday confirmed that Gunn has been reinstated as writer-director of the Marvel franchise he has guided from the start.
"The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James' Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values, and we have severed our business relationship with him", Horn said in a statement at the time.
"My words of almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative", Gunn said at the time. After a controversy grew, Gunn apologized - and was sacked anyway.
But Gunn's dismal was passionately protested by many. Disney didn't reverse their course then, despite massive fan petitions.
Stars from the first two films shared their support for Gunn after his removal, including Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista, who claimed he wouldn't return unless Gunn was reinstated. "Although I don't support James Gunn's inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man", Pratt said.
Following his firing previous year, Gunn was snapped up by Warner Bros to write and direct The Suicide Squad sequel, starring Idris Elba, out in 2021.
Neither Disney nor Marvel have released a timetable for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
That's the word from Deadline, which says it has confirmed the news with Marvel and Gunn.