UPDATE (4 p.m. ET): Representatives for Jaume Collet-Serra tell Uproxx he was never attached to direct Suicide Squad 2, but instead was only in talks for the project.
Despite previous indications that The Shallows director Jaume Collet-Serra was all but confirmed for Suicide Squad 2, it now appears he’s left the Warner Bros. sequel for Disney’s Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson.
According to Deadline, Collet-Serra decided that “the opportunity to originate a new Indiana Jones-like action-adventure franchise” with one of the world’s biggest stars is more appealing than stepping behind the camera of a sequel.
Jungle Cruise is inspired by the Disney theme park attraction that simulates a river boat cruise along several of the world’s most famous waterways in the style of a 1930s British exploration party. Johnson boarded the project in April as both the star and a producer.
Warner Bros. is said to be on the hunt for a new director for the sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad. While few details are known about the film, Deadline confirms Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto are poised to reprise their roles.
Although David Ayer’s Suicide Squad received generally negative reviews, it grossed $745.6 million worldwide. With Ayer attached to the Robbie-led spinoff Gotham City Sirens, the sequel will be written by Adam Cozad (The Legend of Tarzan).
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