Rumor of the day: Do these two movies currently stand between Will Smith and Suicide Squad 2?

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Aug 19, 2018, 1:22 PM EDT (Updated)

We might to have to wait a bit longer for Floyd Lawton (aka Deadshot) to grace the silver screen, as Will Smith could have to shoot two more films before he can begin work on the Suicide Squad sequel. Interestingly enough, both projects are rumored to be sequels to two of his previous movies, Bad Boys and Bright, reports Geeks Worldwide

The third Bad Boys movie, called Bad Boys for Life, will find Smith re-teaming with Martin Lawrence, although Michael Bay has handed the directorial reigns to Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the filmmaking team behind Black and Gangsta

It is being reported that production was meant to begin this winter, but was moved up to November by Sony, which hopes principal photography in Miami and Atlanta can wrap up by March. What we do know for sure is that the film is slated for theatrical release on January 17th, 2020, so it would certainly need to kick off principal photography within the next year to make such a date. 

On the subject of Bright 2, production on the direct sequel to Netflix's crime/fantasy is rumored to begin in Germany right after Bad Boys 3 wraps. Smith will return as human cop Daryl Ward, Joel Edgerton will reprise his prosthetic-heavy role as orc cop Jakoby, and director David Ayer (Suicide Squad) is set to direct once again. There is no news on when Netflix hopes to release the sequel, but if the report of its production start date is to be believed, it could be on course for a late 2019/early 2020 release. 

There's no official release date for Suicide Squad 2, but The Accountant's Gavin O'Connor is currently attached to direct.

Due to Smith's reputed busy schedule for the rest of 2018 and a good chunk of 2019, it looks like production on the DC follow-up will be delayed until mid-to-late-2019. O'Connor is developing Warner Bros.' sports drama The Has-Been with Ben Affleck, writes Deadline. If it starts to shoot soon, we could have some hard evidence to substantiate the rumors of a Suicide Squad 2 delay.

However, a report from April asserted that the sequel wouldn't even start until after Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey was finished shooting. Even more rumors, these from Heroic Hollywood, claim that filming on Birds of Prey won't begin until January of 2019, which, if true, could push the Suicide Squad follow-up to 2020 or even 2021.