Following Suicide Squad's success at the box office, Warner Bros. has been working hard on a sequel. Unfortunately, its development journey has been quite a rollercoaster ride. Original director David Ayer has moved on. Earlier this year, both Mel Gibson and Jaume Collet-Serra were on Warner Bros.' shortlist to direct, but both eventually dropped out of the running.
With no director in sight, fans were left to wonder when the movie would actually come together. Well, some great news have come our way. Now Gavin O'Connor (Jane Got A Gun, Warrior, #TheAccountant) is in final negotiations to board Suicide Squad 2 as director. O'Connor will also be writing the screenplay alongside his writing partner, Anthony Tambakis.
His hiring is probably good news for #DC fans, seeing how the director has built a nice reputation in Hollywood with critical and financial hits like 2011's Warrior and 2016's The Accountant. Hopefully he brings out the same qualities he brought to those films to Task Force X's next adventure.
When Will The Film Hit Theaters?
The movie is being fast-tracked to start shooting in 2018, according to Variety. Ideally, that could give us an idea of the film's release date, but there are a few factors that may slow down production.
Reports confirm that Suicide Squad's main cast is expected to return. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is having issues with scheduling due to the actors' other projects. #MargotRobbie is currently filming Mary Queen of Scots, and #WillSmith is working on Disney's Aladdin, after which he'll move on to Gemini Man.
Then there's the script, which is just now being written by O'Connor and Tambakis. That could take a while. Yes, the studio could rush the writing process to get the project in front of the cameras as soon as possible, but it's doubtful Warner Bros. would want to do that after Suicide Squad's stressful development process.
Taking those factors into consideration, we should be cautiously optimistic about the film. Still, O'Connor is a talented director, so I'm excited to see what he does with the project, regardless how long it may take to get off the ground.
How do you feel about Gavin O'Connor taking on Task Force X's second adventure? Was there any other filmmaker you would have liked to see on the project? Let me know in the comments!