In an unforeseen and genuinely shocking case of talent winning out over past mistakes in our current inquisition-like atmosphere regarding deeds made in poor taste, Disney has decided to reinstate James Gunn as the writer-director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Gunn was fired off of the film last year after old, poor-taste pedophile jokes of his resurfaced online. Gunn immediately apologized, owned up to his mistakes, and explained how much he’d grown as a person since he posted those jokes years prior, but Disney CEO Bob Iger and President Alan Horn made the decision to remove Gunn from the director’s chair on Guardians 3, which had planned to start filming in early 2019.
Since his firing Gunn made commitments to other projects, the filmmaker was snatched up by Warner Bros. and set to write and possibly direct their DC Comics Suicide Squad sequel. Gunn crafted a script everyone was happy about posthaste, and that film—titled The Suicide Squad—is now due to begin filming this fall with Idris Elba replacing Will Smith as Deadshot. Everyone involved achieved an understanding with both Disney and Marvel Studios agreeing to postpone shooting on Guardians of the Galaxy 3 until after Gunn completes The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros./DC.
That means Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 probably won’t start filming until late 2020 at the very earliest, so I wouldn’t expect the film in theaters before 2022. But even those dates are fluid, as Chris Pratt‘s schedule continues to fill up including Jurassic World 3, scheduled to start shooting later this year. The important thing is that whenever cameras roll, Gunn will be there. It’s interesting to note that according to reports Marvel never looked at anyone else to replace Gunn on the production.