James Gunn reinstated as writer and director of 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3'

James Gunn is back. 

Disney has reinstated Gunn as writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3, ET confirms. Deadline was first to report the news. 

The news comes eight months after Gunn was fired from the Marvel film by Disney in July after controversial jokes he made nearly a decade ago were resurfaced on Twitter. Shortly after his firing, Gunn apologized, while the Guardians cast -- including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista and more -- expressed their support for Gunn in an open letter, asking that he be reinstated as director. 

The cast's statement read in part: "The character [Gunn] has shown in the wake of his firing is consistent with the man he was every day on set, and his apology, now and from years ago when first addressing these remarks, we believe is from the heart, a heart we all know, trust, and love. In casting each of us to help him tell the story of misfits who find redemption, he changed our lives forever. We believe the theme of redemption has never been more relevant than now. Each of us looks forward to working with our friend James again in the future. His story isn’t over – not by a long shot."

Guardians 3 was supposed to go into pre-production in the fall, with principal photography to begin in the winter. However, the Hollywood Reporter revealed in August that the movie's timeline had been altered, and that crew members preparing for pre-production had been dismissed. 

In the midst of the controversy, Gunn scored a new gig, as writer and director of the sequel to DC's Suicide Squad. See more in the video below. 

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ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 25, 2017: In this handout photo provided by Disney Resorts, director James Gunn attends the grand opening of Guardians of The Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction on May 25, 2017 at Disneys California Adventure in Disneyland in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 18: Film director James Gunn is seen upon arrival at Haneda Airport on December 18, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 25: James Gunn arrives at the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Ant-Man And The Wasp' on June 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: James Gunn attends the premiere of Disney And Marvel's 'Ant-Man And The Wasp' on June 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: James Gunn attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Thor: Ragnarok' - Arrivals on October 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 13: Film director James Gunn attends a keynote discussion about building worlds across entertainment mediums during the Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 coliseum at the Novo LA Live on June 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04: Director James Gunn and actress/model Jennifer Holland at the El Capitan Theatre Hosts Screening Of Disney And Marvel Studios' 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' held at El Capitan Theatre on May 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04: Writer / Director / Producer James Gunn attends the fan screening of Disney and Marvel Studios 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol1. ' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at the El Capitain Theater on May 4th, 2017 in Los Angeles, Californial (Photo by Brandon Williams/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 27, 2017: American film director James Gunn speaks at a press conference to promote his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 movie. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom Geodakyan\TASS via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: James Gunn attends the European Gala Screening of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at Eventim Apollo on April 24, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Joe Maher/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: (L-R) Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Chris Pratt, Kurt Russell, Karen Gillan, James Gunn and Michael Rooker attend the UK screening of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at Eventim Apollo on April 24, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Director James Gunn (R) and guest attend the UK screening of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' at Eventim Apollo on April 24, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 21: Writer/director James Gunn (L) and actor Chris Pratt at the Chris Pratt Walk Of Fame Star Ceremony on April 21, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 20: Director James Gunn at the 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Press Conference at the London Hotel on April 20, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
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