When reports of a Harley Quinn and Joker spinoff surfaced online, rumors that Warner Bros. was also looking to fast-track the sequel to Suicide Squad also hit the web, leading many to believe the studio would soon lock in a new director and enter production early next year. However, it appears production on the sequel will be pushed until fall 2018 due to Will Smith’s filming schedule on two other projects: Disney’s Aladdin reboot and the forthcoming sci-fi pic Gemini Man.
According to Variety’s Justin Kroll, the project won’t go into production until fall 2018 at the earliest.
So hearing at the earliest, SUICIDE SQUAD 2 won't go in to production until fall 2018 because of Smith's schedule with ALADDIN and GEMINI
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) August 29, 2017
While it was expected that the film wouldn’t enter production until 2018, a fall start is a lot later than originally thought. Of course, the rumored timeline also came about before Smith was announced for the Aladdin reboot and Ang Lee’s Gemini Man. It was also before director Jaume Collet-Serra passed on directing the film.
On the flip side, with production pushed until at least fall 2018, the studio has enough time to fully develop the sequel and find the perfect director to take over the world Ayer established.
Although David Ayer’s Suicide Squad received wasn’t a critical hit, it grossed $745.6 million worldwide. Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens, which features fan-favorite character Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), will be written by The Legend of Tarzan‘s Adam Cozad.
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