While Suicide Squad received less-than-stellar reviews, its commercial success guaranteed Warner Bros. would begin development on a sequel. Apparently cameras could begin rolling on that follow-up sooner than expected, according to one of the film's stars.
"As far as I know they're writing the script, and I think the plan is to shoot it sometime in 2018, but that could change," Joel Kinnaman told The Hollywood Reporter. "I think I'll definitely come back for it."
The actor, who will reprise his role as Rick Flag, said he'd like to see Suicide Squad writer/director David Ayer return for the sequel, which seems unlikely, as he's attached to the spinoff Gotham City Sirens.
"Ultimately, I'd love for David Ayer to direct it, but if he doesn't want to direct it then someone who is great with character and that's able to ground the story and maybe put these characters in a more normal situation," Kinnaman said. "It would be really interesting to see these crazy characters interact with regular people as well."
Oscar-winning director Mel Gibson has spoken publicly about his discussions with Warner Bros. about Suicide Squad 2, but there have also been reports the studio is eyeing David S. Goyer and Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows). The Legend of Tarzan writer Adam Cozad has been hired to pen the script.