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Suicide Squad 2: Jaume Collet-Serra Out as Director

The hunt for a Suicide Squad 2 director continues, but one of the stars expects to shoot in 2018.


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Mike Cecchini
Joseph Baxter

Jul 31, 2017

While David Ayer’s next DC Universe movie priority appears to be the Harley Quinn led Gotham City Sirens movie, there are still plans for a sequel to the movie that introduced her to the big screen. Warner Bros. is still game for Suicide Squad 2. Considering the first film broke August box office records and took in an impressive $745 million worldwide, this shouldn’t be a surprise. Adam Cozad, who recently wrote The Legend of Tarzan for the studio, is writing Suicide Squad 2.

It looks like they’re serious about getting this one together sooner rather than later, and the hunt for a director is still ongoing.

Suicide Squad 2 Director

Jaume Collet-Serra, who was briefly attached to direct Suicide Squad 2, is now officially off the film. Earlier in July, reports surfaced that Collet-Serra, coming off the 2016 shark survival thriller The Shallows, would occupy the Suicide Squad sequel director’s chair first broken in by David Ayer. However, it seems that the power of both Disney and megastar Dwayne Johnson came callling, resulting in Collet-Serra instead being tapped to direct Jungle Cruise, an auspiciously lucrative Pirates of the Caribbean-style Disney theme park attraction movie adaptation. With Jungle Cruise set to shoot in spring of 2018, a clear scheduling conflict with Suicide Squad 2 was created for Collet-Serra, forcing him to make a choice. Thus, the search for Suicide Squad 2‘s director continues.

Mel Gibson had apparently been in “early talks” with Warner Bros. for the Suicide Squad 2 directing job. It’s almost tough to imagine Gibson going from the weighty themes of Hacksaw Ridge and its subsequent acclaim to a sequel to a movie that received a critical savaging in 2016, but here we are. Gibson confirmed the talks to Entertainment Tonight, saying, “I just met some guys about story points. It’s not a done deal or anything. But it’s just fun to shoot the bull when it comes to stories. And if we can elevate any kind of concept it’s good. We’ll see.”

Gibson is far from the only director being discussed, either. Life director Danny Espinosa is also reportedly in the mix, and there will probably be more names surfacing shortly. Variety adds Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) to that mix, too.

But the fact that WB is considering a director like Gibson does underline their commitment to director focused projects, even with the currently struggling DC Extended Universe. They replaced Ben Affleck with the well-regarded Matt Reeves on The Batman recently, and other names that were mentioned in connection with that project included George Miller and even Ridley Scott. Maybe Gibson makes sense after all.

Guy Ritchie of Snatch and King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword was interested at one point, as well.

“I quite fancy doing Suicide Squad 2,” he told Variety‘s Playback podcast, “because I thought I could do a good job with it. I can’t do it because I’m doing something else, but I’ve felt I could really do something with that.” Given the tone of the first one, he would seem like a good fit for a sequel, and his name would be consistent with WB’s quest to get distinctive directors for their superhero franchises.

We’ll let you know when there are more details on the director front.

Suicide Squad 2 Cast

Joel Kinnaman, who plays Rick Flagg in the first film, talked to THR about the sequel’s progress, stating, “As far as I know they’re writing the script and I think the plan is to shoot it sometime in 2018, but that could change,” adding, “I think I’ll definitely come back for it.”

Suicide Squad 2 Release Date

There’s no release date yet for Suicide Squad 2, and it seems that Gotham City Sirens is the higher priority for the studio at the moment. But you’ll get your next taste of the DCEU with Justice League on November 17, 2017. There are some unclaimed dates on the calendar, though, including June 14, 2019 and November 1, 2019. Maybe one of those will go to Suicide Squad 2. The full DC superhero movie release schedule can be found here.

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