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James Gunn set to tackle Suicide Squad sequel for DC

Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn

Story by Jack Foley

JAMES Gunn, former writer-director of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy series of films, looks set to switch to rival DC to pen the script for, and possibly direct, the sequel to Suicide Squad.

Gunn, who was fired from directing the third instalment in his Guardians of the Galaxy franchise following the resurfacing of insensitive and offensive jokes from a decade ago, has reportedly boarded the DC project at least to write the follow-up.

If successful, he would also have an eye to direct – although at this stage, there is no director deal, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Warners has been looking to find the right person to tackle a sequel since the original opened to dire reviews in August 2016.

The studio had developed takes with original director David Ayer, as well as Gavin O’Connor, in addition to looking at Mel Gibson and Daniel Espinosa as possibly directors.

But the project has been in limbo since O’Connor left to focus on sporting drama The Has-Been, which ironically has Batman star Ben Affleck attached. Affleck’s own involvement with the DC universe is also the source of much speculation.

Indeed, studio sources are saying that DC and Warner Bros are trying to re-shape their cinematic universe in the wake of the critical maulings most of their films have so far been given, as well as their under-performance at the box office when compared with rival Marvel’s cinematic universe.

They say that rather than developing a straight sequel to Suicide Squad, Gunn is in fact developing a brand new take on the property, which features DC villains Deadshot, Harley Quinn, The Joker, Captain Boomerang and Killer Croc.

It remains uncertain at this point whether this would mean re-casting, in part or wholly, the actors – although one of the few successes to stem from the Suicide Squad original was Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, who is now getting her own spin-off movie.

DC is no stranger to luring Marvel directors away from Disney. Joss Whedon, who helmed the first two Avengers movies, jumped ship to work on Justice League after director Zack Snyder was forced to withdraw owing to a personal tragedy.

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