The Wrap reports that Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is in talks to write DC’s Suicide Squad 2 and he is also being eyed to helm the sequel.
This past summer, Disney decided to part ways with James Gunn and fired him from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after offensive tweets he posted years ago were brought back into the public sphere by alt-right figures who were retaliating against Gunn due to his political views. Now, three insiders have told The Wrap that James Gunn is in talks to write Warner Bros. and DC Films’ Suicide Squad 2 with “a completely new take on the property.” Gunn, who had submitted a final draft of his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 screenplay before being removed from the project, is also being eyed to direct the next Suicide Squad film.
Gavin O’Connor was previously on board to direct the film and co-write the script with Todd Stashwick.
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The first Suicide Squad followed a team of supervillains who were recruited by the government for a dangerous black ops mission in exchange for reduced sentences. The ensemble cast included Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Jared Leto as The Joker, all three of whom were expected to reprise their roles in the sequel. Although Suicide Squad earned mixed reviews, at best, the film became a box office hit for DC with a worldwide gross of $750 million.
Suicide Squad 2 is one of many projects currently being developed by Warner Bros. and DC Films, including The Batman, The Flash standalone film, Green Lantern Corps, Birds of Prey, Black Adam, Cyborg, Nightwing, Supergirl, New Gods, a Deathstroke film, and a Joker origin movie set outside of the DCEU.
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Source: The Wrap