After the firing, Walt Disney Studios president Alan Horn met with Gunn on multiple occasions to discuss the situation.
(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. Deadline reports that, less than a year after he was sacked from the company following the resurfacing of offensive tweets from years prior, Gunn has been rehired as the writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the franchise he launched back in 2014.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 apparently serves as an epic conclusion to the story that began with the first part in 2014.
Horn chose to reverse the decision to fire Gunn, but there was now a small hiccup in the process. Gunn was sacked from the post last July after an alt-right brigade resurfaced decade-old Tweets written by Gunn, wherein he'd made crass jokes about rape and pedophilia.
Gunn's dismissal came immediately in the wake of Disney dropping Roseanne Barr after she made distasteful racist public comments about Obama aide Valerie Jarret.
Gunn deleted the offensive tweets and apologized for his actions, and said he accepted Disney's business decision to fire him.
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.
Gunn also confirmed the news on Twitter with an emotional statement.
"I have regretted them for many years since - not just because they were stupid, not at all amusing, 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", Gunn's statement continued. I deeply appreciate Disney's decision and I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all. I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be. "Love you to you all". The first two films have made more than $1.5 billion in worldwide ticket sales.
Guardians 3 was originally scheduled to be filming now and released in 2020.