It’s only been a few short weeks since word broke that Mel Gibson was in talks with Warner Bros. to direct the sequel to last year’s DC Comics villain-headlined “Suicide Squad.” Now, Gibson is keen to remind everyone that all that directing talk has been just talk -- for now.
“I don’t know,” Gibson said in a red-carpet interview with Entertainment Tonight at the Academy Awards. “I just met some guys about story points. It’s not a done deal or anything. But it’s just fun to shoot the bull when it comes to stories. I love doing it. And if we can elevate any kind of concept it’s good. We’ll see.”
Gibson confirmed Warner Bros. was eying him for the “Suicide Squad 2” directing role two weeks ago at a “Hacksaw Ridge” screening, characterizing the talks as “kind of a first date.” Gibson has been perhaps the most controversial—yet talked about—potential director for the upcoming sequel. Other potential picks include “Warm Bodies” director Jonathan Levine and “Gangster Squad” director Ruben Fleischer.
Gibson’s controversies largely stem from a recorded 2010 call in which the actor and director threatened then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, which was followed shortly after by Grigorieva filing for a domestic violence-related restraining order.
Despite the controversies, Gibson has gone on to direct numerous award-winning film. His latest, “Hacksaw Ridge,” won Best Achievement in Film Editing and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing. His 1996 film, “Braveheart,” netted him the Academy Award for Best Director.