‘The Shallows’ Director Reportedly The Top Choice to Direct ‘Suicide Squad 2’
Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
Well this is exciting. According to a recent report by Deadline, Jaume Collet-Serra, director of The Shallows and Non-Stop, is currently the frontrunner to direct the Suicide Squad sequel.
It was previously reported that Mel Gibson was going to helm the project after David Ayer moved on to Gotham City Sirens. In a separate report by the The Hollywood Reporter, they have revealed that there have been script delays that have pushed back the production schedule leading Gibson to exit the sequel. A new script is now being written with a targeted production start date of mid-2018.
The first Suicide Squad film, directed and written by David Ayer, was a smash hit at the box office, raking in $745 million but received a large amount of negative reviews. While critics praised most of the performances, the film as a whole was seen as incoherent, lazy and misguided (I’m looking at you Enchantress).
Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Joel Kinnaman are all expected to return but there is no word on if the rest of the cast will be coming back for the second film.
Personally, I didn’t mind Suicide Squad. I know it has glaring flaws, but I can’t deny that I find it to be a fun film. That being said, I’m glad their searching for a new director. Jaume Collet-Serra would be a great choice as his past films have demonstrated that he can direct action and still have solid characters. With the right script, Suicide Squad 2 could make up for the flaws its predecessor had.
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