Although we still don't have a release date for the announced sequel to Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. has been looking for a director to helm the project. Despite previous mentions of directors such as Mel Gibson and Guy Ritchie, there appears to be a new frontrunner.
According to The Wrap, Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra is being courted to direct Suicide Squad 2. Collet-Serra first broke onto the scene in 2005 with a remake of the 1953 horror classic House of Wax and has since directed other horror films such as Orphan and The Shallows.
Best known for horror, Collet-Serra is no stranger to action, which is a bit of a necessity for the comic book genre. As a frequent collaborator with #LiamNeeson, he has also directed action-thrillers such as Nonstop, Run All Night and Unknown. Not to mention he reunited with Neeson for The Commuter, set to be released in 2018.
Collet-Serra was recently hired to direct Waco, a film about the 1993 standoff between FBI agents and a religious group called the Branch Davidians. He is in high demand, so if Warner Bros. is serious about bringing him into the #DCEU, I would expect this deal to be solidified sooner rather than later.
If Warner Bros. does manage to strike a deal with Collet-Serra, it will indicate that Suicide Squad director David Ayer could be done with the DCEU after #GothamCitySirens. It was already assumed that Ayer would not be directing Suicide Squad 2 given the issues he experienced in the wake of the film's release (and tone) in 2016. He will have a shot at redemption with Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn in GCS, but likely not with the Squad as a whole.
Despite what critics and viewers had to say about Suicide Squad, it managed to earn $750 million worldwide and quickly skyrocketed the members Task Force X to super-stardom. Let's just hope that Warner Bros. gives whoever signs on to direct the sequel a bit more creative freedom than they gave Ayer with the first film.
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[Source: The Wrap]