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After being fired by Disney earlier this year, the man behind the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise has jumped from Disney-owned Marvel to the DC Universe.
Warner Bros and DC have hired James Gunn to write the second film of “Suicide Squad,” and he could find himself in the director’s chair, Deadline reported.
He was fired in July after old, controversial tweets came to light during the height of the #MeToo movement.
The tweets included comments that he at the time considered provocative, on topics of rape and pedophillia, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Many in the cast of the hit “Guardians of the Galaxy” films wrote an open letter to to Disney asking the company to reinstate Gunn. But Disney CEO Bob Iger, despite outcry from fans too said “I haven’t second-guessed their decision.”
“Suicide Squad” focuses on the villains of the DC Universe, including, Harley Quinn, the Joker, Deadshot and Killer Croc.
DC and Warner Bros. say Gunn’s script won’t be a sequel to the original film, but rather a new take on the anti-hero team, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
As for the next “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie, no one has officially been tapped to direct it, but some industry watchers says the director of “Thor: Ragnarok,” Taika Waititi, could be on a short list, Deadline reported.