UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter has added that script delays are what caused Mel Gibson to halt talks concerning his taking the director’s chair. Progression on the story front is looking up, though. Apparently, WB has received a treatment from Avengers and Ready Player One scribe, Zak Penn, and now a new script is being penned. If all goes well, the studio is said to have mid-2018 in mind for the production’s start date.
ORIGINAL STORY: It seems Warner Bros. is narrowing down its list of hopefuls to direct the Suicide Squad sequel. While the studio was said to be courting Mel Gibson as the first in line, attention has reportedly been shifted to Jaume Collet-Serra. According to Deadline, WB is “focused” on tapping the Orphan director for the project.
The Spanish director’s breakout feature, 2009’s Orphan, was a pshychological-horror thriller that while divisive for some, still managed to earn its fair share of praise. Collet-Serra’s subsequent films include Non-Stop and last summer’s The Shallows, the latter of which starred Blake Lively. His next two projects are the Liam Neeson starring film The Commuter, and Waco. How Collet-Serra will make time for Suicide Squad’s follow-up, since it is reportedly set to begin filming next year, remains to be seen should he sign on for the gig.
Details regarding who will pen the script are also still unknown. Another aspect of the impending sequel that remains in questions is how the cast will eventually shake out. Is everyone returning, or should a few newcomers be expected?
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