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Report: James Gunn eyed to write, direct Suicide Squad 2 for DC

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Jan 22, 2021, 1:50 PM EST (Updated)

James Gunn is reportedly in talks to write and possibly direct Suicide Squad 2 for Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films. The blockbuster news comes from The Wrap, which does not cite a source but says that Gunn is speaking with the studio about writing the film, and could get behind the camera as well.

The Hollywood Reporter suggests that Gunn's take on the material could be more of a reboot than a sequel, although whether that means changing or recasting the characters remains to be determined. 

Gunn was fired as director and writer of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise by Disney and Marvel Studios this past July after distasteful jokes he tweeted nearly a decade earlier about pedophilia and rape were resurrected by alt-right bloggers looking to take down the fiercely anti-Trump filmmaker.

The plan worked, as Disney head Alan Horn dismissed Gunn while claiming the studio was unaware of the tweets. Gunn had reportedly already turned in his script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but a petition signed by hundreds of thousands of fans, an open letter from the cast, and even a meeting a month later between him and Horn, failed to get Gunn reinstated on the film.

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Marvel, meanwhile, has put the third Guardians film on indefinite hold, while the studio searches for a new director (who may still use Gunn's screenplay).

Disney's loss was bound to be somebody's gain, with several studios reportedly courting Gunn in the aftermath of his dismissal. But the fact that it's Marvel's closest competitor in the superhero genre has to feel a little like a sprinkling of salt in a still-fresh wound.

As for Suicide Squad 2, that project itself has been through a series of struggles despite the first movie making more than $750 million at the worldwide box office. The first movie's writer/director, David Ayer, left the sequel early on, followed by a second filmmaker, Jaume Collet-Serra. Meanwhile, recent recruit Gavin O'Connor (The Accountant) seems to have now quietly left the project as well, although he was allegedly working on a script.

According to Variety, the premise of O'Connor's script was very close to that of Birds Of Prey, the Suicide Squad spin-off starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, which is why O'Connor left the project. Robbie has been expected to also return as Quinn for the Suicide Squad sequel, along with Will Smith. But if Gunn closes his deal, he will start fresh with a brand new screenplay.

What do you think of James Gunn possibly making Suicide Squad 2?