Disney is taking back James Gunn, the creative force behind its “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie franchise, reversing its contentious decision in July to fire the filmmaker for offensive jokes he wrote on Twitter several years ago. The decision comes after famous cast members from the Marvel series signed an open letter pleading for Gunn’s return.
The 51-year-old film-maker, who had been behind both previous instalments of the Marvel franchise, came under fire when old tweets resurfaced that made light of 9/11, rape and paedophilia. The Walt Disney Studios chairman, Alan Horn, called Gunn’s behaviour “indefensible” and severed ties with him.
After he was removed from the third Guardians film, Gunn had signed on to make a sequel to Suicide Squad for Marvel’s rival DC. An agreement has been made that production will begin after Gunn has completed his work on the DC sequel. Gunn’s original script, written before his dismissal, will be used. In a statement on Twitter, Mr. Gunn called himself “incredibly humbled” and “tremendously grateful” to those who had supported him in recent months.