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James Gunn developing another new TV project for DC after 'Peacemaker' - but what could it be?
The man just doesn't stop!
Despite the fact that he's currently knee-deep in production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, James Gunn isn't done with the DC Universe. Not by a long shot! Chatting with Collider ahead of Peacemaker's streaming debut later this week, the filmmaker revealed that he's got a second DC-inspired television project in the works. “You know, we're stepping forward. It keeps happening. We'll see what's happening, and I'll know what's happening very shortly," he said. "I dealt with it last night and this morning."
He didn't offer any other details beyond that, though we'd guess that the mystery title might somehow be connected to the other surviving members of Gunn's take on the Suicide Squad: Bloodsport (Idris Elba), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), and King Shark (Sylvester Stallone). Or perhaps it's an origin story for the fan-favorite Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), who was crushed to death by Starro during the climactic battle on Corto Maltese. It'd be really interesting to delve into the unhealthy relationship Abner Krill had with his mother, whom he sees everywhere.
Or perhaps it's Season 2 of Peacemaker? Or maybe it's none of the above and Gunn has his sights set on a wholly different set of obscure characters waiting for their time in the spotlight? Your theories are as good as ours!
Gunn got a chance to reboot Task Force X after he was briefly fired by Disney over a number of controversial tweets from his past (the studio reversed its decision not long after). For a hot second, it seemed like his Hollywood career was over until Warner Bros. jumped at the opportunity to make a Guardians-style hit in the DCEU. The end result was last summer's The Suicide Squad, which was much better received than David Ayer's 2016 stab at the team of villains-turned-antiheroes.
A product of WB's hybrid release strategy (a concurrent mix of theatrical and streaming options), The Suicide Squad, which cost around $200 million to make, brought in just over $167 million at the global box office. Gunn, however, was not bothered by the hybrid model, which — along with the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus — most likely played a factor in less-than-stellar ticket sales.
"I don’t really care that much," the writer-director told Variety at the time. "I really just care about whatever the project is in front of me. The Suicide Squad is made to be seen first and foremost on a big screen. I think it’s gonna work just fine on television. Listen, movies don’t last because they’re seen on the big screen. Movies last because they’re seen on television. Jaws isn’t still a classic because people are watching it in theaters. I’ve never seen Jaws in a movie theater. It’s one of my favorite movies."
Peacemaker arrives on HBO Max this coming Thursday, Jan. 13.