Disney has embraced disgraced director James Gunn back into its bosom, reinstating him as writer and director for Guardians of the Galaxy 3 after less than a year in Hollywood time-out over a history of seedy tweets.
Gunn's old tweets, which were dug up by critics online, included lines like, "I like when little boys touch me in my silly place".
After Gunn issued a public apology, Horn chose to reinstate the director. He's also slated to write the screenplay for the film.
Months after a manufactured controversy about crude tweets saw Disney eject Gunn from the third movie in his Marvel cosmic series, Marvel Studios has confirmed that, shockingly, the director will return after all.
We weren't. Deadline now reports that Disney has rehired Gunn to direct Guardians 3. In the comic book movie world, this was felt most by Guardians of the Galaxy franchise writer/director James Gunn. Post firing, Disney President Alan Horn met Gunn on a few occasions to discuss the whole matter. We don't know yet how that will pan out, seeing as half the team turned to ash in Avengers: Infinity War, but Gunn's rehiring is sure to increase the hype even more. The Guardians themselves-Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper-famously penned an open letter to the studio asking them to reconsider their position.
First published 11:12 a.m. PT. Update 11:25 a.m. PT: Added confirmation from Gunn's reps. "I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be", Gunn wrote in a statement posted to Twitter.
Gunn offered a statement Friday, thanking his fans for their continued support.
The first two Guardians films, which follow a misfit bunch of space adventurers, have grossed over $1.6 billion globally.
According to a report from Deadline, after Gunn was sacked, he met several times with Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn on several occasions.