Director Jaume Collet-Serra is said to have decided to pass on directing Suicide Squad 2 for the Dwayne Johns Disney film Jungle Cruise.
According to Deadline, the appeal of creating a new film from the ground up helped in the director’s decision. This is understandable as with Suicide Squad 2 he would be stepping into an establish franchise within an overall universe that has rules to them, limiting him creatively.
The original story reported was that Jaume Collet-Serra was a frontrunner by Warner Bros. but was never officially signed on, despite what many sites are claiming otherwise. Suicide Squad 2 now has writer Zak Penn adapting the script Adam Cozad worked on.
David Ayer’s Suicide Squad received mixed reactions from both fans and critics but managed to successfully make $745 million worldwide and win an Oscar for best Hair and Make-Up, so the sequel is being fast tracked by the studio due to those accomplishments.
Ayer opted to pass on Suicide Squad 2 in favor of directing Gotham City Sirens and director Mel Gibson had confirmed he was looking into directing the project. He eventually passed on the sequel when it was clear that shooting the film would not begin soon enough for him after script delays.
The release date and year for Suicide Squad 2 is not known, but it’s expected to start production by mid-2018, however with no official start date Warner Bros. has time to develop the project at a timely matter.
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