In a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter at the time, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said: "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". Gunn was sacked last July, after old, offensive tweets he'd written years before resurfaced. Even though Gunn signed on to write and direct the Suicide Squad sequel for Warner Bros. and DC, Marvel Studios apparently never considered another director to helm Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Horn reversed the decision after being persuaded by Gunn's public apology and how he handled the situation.
"The decision to rehire Gunn -he was sacked last July by Disney after alt-right journalists made public a fusillade of decade-old social media missives that made light of paedophilia and rape - was one that was mulled and actually made months ago, following conversations with Disney studio leadership and the team at Marvel Studios".
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". Gunn also apologized, saying he was a different person when he wrote the tweets in question.
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Shockingly, Disney has changed its tune about Gunn, according to Deadline.
You can read James Gunn's statement in the post below! Now, James Gunn has released an official statement of Disney's decision to rehire him in which he expressed his gratitude towards the company for bringing him back and the fans for their support over the past few months.
Gunn added a thank you to Disney and said he was excited to "continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all". While it was initially meant to debut in May 2020 prior to Gunn's firing, Gunn has since signed on to direct Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad sequel, reportedly titled The Suicide Squad.
In the wake of his dismissal, the Guardians cast, including Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and other stars of the franchise supported Gunn in an open letter. The first two films have made more than $1.5 billion in worldwide ticket sales.