The DC Extended Universe is busy enough with Wonder Woman and Justice League, but DC Films has not forgotten its other projects. Aquaman has nearly wrapped, and Suicide Squad 2 is still churning about in development. And, now, it looks like the latter project is undergoing some major changes.
According to a new update from The Hollywood Reporter, Suicide Squad 2 is shifting its script and director options. The site broke news that Jaume Collet-Serra is the current frontrunner to direct the sequel, but THR stresses Mel Gibson has now backed away from the projects.
“Warners initially circled Mel Gibson to direct the project, but script delays pushed the production start and Gibson moved on,” the site reported.
As for the film’s script, Warner Bros. is starting over fresh. THR reports that Zak Penn penned a new script treatment for Suicide Squad 2. Fans will know the writer thanks to his work on projects like The Avengers and Ready Player One. A new script will now be built upon the treatment inked by Penn as Warner Bros. moves forward.
There is no telling how close Warner Bros. is to making a deal with Collet-Serra about the sequel, but it seems the studio is interested. The report says Warner Bros. has been eying the director since March, so there may have been scheduling issues in play which prevented Collet-Serra from signing on - that is, if he wants. If not, there are plenty of other directors out there who would like to take on the sequel.
As of late, Guy Ritchie is the latest director to signal his public interest in the DC Films sequel. The director told Variety. “I quite fancy doing Suicide Squad 2 because I felt like I could do a good job with it,” he said. “I can't do it because I'm doing something else...but I felt like I could really do something with that.”
Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?
Written and directed by David Ayer, the film starred Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, and Viola Davis. The cast also included Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, Adam Beach, and Karen Fukuhara in her feature film debut.