“The Shallows” and “Non-Stop” helmer Jaume Collet-Serra has reportedly emerged as the front-runner to direct the “Suicide Squad” sequel at Warner Bros. Pictures.
The studio has sought a new person to replace David Ayer behind the camera for the follow-up with several possibilities considered including Mel Gibson. However Collet-Serra has earned a reputation for delivering solid genre fare on time, on budget and with a tone suitable for this material.
Collet-Serra, whose other work includes the legendarily crazzy “Orphan” and the “House of Wax” remake, previously spent a good amount of time with Warners trying to get the “Akira” live-action adaptation off the ground.
No start date has been scheduled though the studio hopes it could be up and running as early as March next year. Part of the issue is scheduling with star Will Smith slated to do both “Aladdin” for Disney and Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man”.
Collet-Serra was recently attached to direct the thriller “Waco” for Annapurna and is in post-production on his latest Liam Neeson collaboration “The Commuter”.