“Guardians of the Galaxy” writer/director James Gunn is reportedly in talks to pen the script and potentially direct the upcoming “Suicide Squad” sequel at Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films. Even more interesting – it will reportedly be a different take on the characters and not a direct follow-up.
Disney Studios dismissed Gunn from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” back in July due to Gunn’s past controversial tweets. Despite this, everyone involved asked for Disney to reinstate Gunn as the film’s director but the studio wouldn’t budge – throwing plans to shoot the film later this year into chaos.
Gunn hasn’t been attached to anything else since despite many other studios being very keen to work with him. Now THR says that Gunn is currently scripting the new ‘Squad’ which will be a “brand new take on the DC property” and he has a ‘clean slate’ to do what he wants with the new film.
The report also indicates that characters Deadshot (played by Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and Joker (Jared Leto) could be featured. Gavin O’Connor was previously attached as director but he’s now out with a separate report from Variety’s Justin Kroll saying O’Connor became frustrated that the film ended up almost being identical to “Birds of Prey” which is filming first and so exited. With Gunn onboard, the project will now be fully overhauled.
One person already keen to join? ‘Guardians’ actor Dave Bautista who tweeted “Where do I sign up” upon hearing the news. Bautista has been one of the most vocal advocates for Gunn since the controversy began.