Less than three months after being fired from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. James Gunn has reportedly landed at Warner Bros., where he's in talks to write the sequel to 2016's Suicide Squad, with a possibility of directing.
Citing three unnamed insiders, TheWrap contends Gunn will provide a new take on the DC property, which centers on Task Force X, a team of dangerous supervillains recruited from prison to perform high-risk missions for the U.S. government.
David Ayer wrote and directed the 2016 original, which starred Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and Viola Davis. Although Suicide Squad received widespread negative reviews, it was a commercial success, earning $746.8 million worldwide, and establishing Robbie's Harley Quinn as a franchise star.
Gunn found both critical and box-office success in 2014 with Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and its 2017 sequel. However, shortly after the filmmaker turned in his draft for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, offensive, years-old comments he made about pedophilia and rape were unearthed by Gunn's right-wing detractors. Gunn apologized for the remarks, which he attributed to a time when he viewed himself as a provocateur, but Disney moved swiftly to cut business ties.
Although the sequel was expected to begin production early next year, Disney put the project on indefinite hold in August while the studio regrouped. Gunn's brother, Guardians actor Sean Gunn, indicated last month that Disney still intends to use his script.
Shortly after Gunn's firing, reports began to circulate that other studios were still interested in working with him.
The previous draft of Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad sequel was written by director Gavin O'Connor, with David Bar Katz and Todd Stashwick.