The outlet says that Walt Disney Studios president Horn met with the filmmaker multiple times to discuss the controversy over Gunn's firing last July.
(L-R) Michael Rooker, Pom Klementieff and James Gunn pose before a screening of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" at the Four Seasons hotel on April 27, 2017 in Moscow, Russia.
James Gunn released a statement on Twitter following Disney's decision to rehire him as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 will go ahead as planned, as will Suicide Squad 2, also directed by James Gunn. Horn reversed his decision to fire Gunn after the director's public apology and handling of the entire situation thereafter.
He was ousted when some of his old tweets related to pedophilia jokes were rediscovered by conservative personalities.
"My words of almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative", Gunn said at the time.
Following news of Disney reversing their decision and rehiring Gunn for the third Guardians film, Gunn shared an emotional thank you to all of his fans.
Things are looking up for James Gunn.
Gunn took to Twitter to announce his return to the movie saying, "I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months".
It's understandable that in July, Disney felt that they had to do something in response to the outrage machine-generated backlash to Gunn's collected Tweets, but they moved much too quickly-then seemed unwilling to budge in the aftermath. "Love to you all". "At the end of the day, he was making jokes and he was being provocative and he was looking for that shock value, but they were just jokes". Deadline reports he will still direct the rival Warner Bros. feature now scheduled for an August 6, 2021 release before returning to the Guardians franchise.
The first two installments grossed over US$1.6 billion worldwide and in a rare occurrence, the second movie made more than the first.