The Shallows director, Jaume Collet-Serra, is being circled by the brass sharks at Warner Bros. to direct the follow-up to 2016's Suicide Squad.
David Ayer's Suicide Squad was cannibalized and neutered by meddling studio executives fearful that fans would react negatively to its dark, anarchistic tone, resulting in a wildly uneven superhero film that managed to gross $745 million worldwide, but was somewhat of a disappointment for fans wondering what might have been. Still, Warners is hoping for a quick 2018 start to the sequel, even though no script has been officially completed.
Before captaining his tense shark thriller, the Spanish filmmaker Collet-Serra jumped into the horror scene with 2005's House of Wax and 2009's Orphan. He moved on to mid-budget action flicks and crime mysteries starring Liam Neeson, including Unknown, Non-Stop, Run All Night, and next year's The Commuter.
There were heavy rumors swirling that Mel Gibson might direct Suicide Squad 2, but apparently those have been beached. I'm sort of sad we won't see what Mad Max would have done with a comic-book spectacle. As far as the state of the screenplay, inside sources have confirmed that Warner Bros. has a new treatment written by Zak Penn (Avengers, Ready Player One) in hand, and that a fresh draft is being composed.
What do you think of Collet-Serra taking on the worst of the worst in Suicide Squad 2?