James Gunn Back to Direct Third ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Movie
Deadspin is reporting that Disney has reversed course on its previous decision to remove James Gunn as the director of the third Guardians of the Galaxy film.
After a very inappropriate old social media post by Gunn came to light last July, Disney boss Alan Horn moved quickly to remove him from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
After the firing, fans and Marvel actors alike were calling for Gunn to be reinstated.
Gunn, for his part, never blamed anyone but himself and took responsibility for his words. In the end, those old posts were the only thing to come out. There was never any accusations that Gunn had acted on or done any of the vulgar things he said on social media. Gunn issued a full apology, below, and reportedly met with Horn several times since the ousting.
“My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time. Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.”
It would seem those talks with Horn and his open apology earned him a second chance with the leader in family-friendly entertainment (pretty sure that’s something Disney calls themselves, if not you’re welcome to use it, Disney); because nearly 10 months later Guardians of the Galaxy has its director and writer back.
Gunn is still set to write and direct DC’s sequel to Suicide Squad, while Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is set to begin production after the DC movie is wrapped. It will be interesting to see if Gunn uses a similar style and tone in the two movies, both featuring a rag-tag team of misfits from the comic book world.
I think this is a situation where calmer heads have prevailed. Not all mistakes of the past are created equal, and I think if there had been accusations about Gunn acting on any of his old posts we wouldn’t be having this conversation today. But our pasts are just that, our pasts. It seems like James Gunn has grown since he made those post, showing growth even before they came to light, and Disney’s decision reflects that.
Superhero and comic stories routinely offer their main characters a second chance, life has just offered one to James Gunn. In the end, life does imitate art.