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Warner Bros. Taps James Gunn to Write and Possibly Direct ‘Suicide Squad 2’

In one entertainment’s most shocking moments, James Gunn is back and in an incredibly big way.

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has tapped James Gunn to write and possibly direct Suicide Squad 2. It’s the first job he’s taken since he parted ways with Disney, who let him go from the lucrative Guardians of the Galaxy franchise in July in the wake of old controversial tweets that had been compiled by alt-right journalists and sent to the house of mouse.

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Warner Bros had director Gavin O’Connor attached to that film, but he is now engaged in directing Ben Affleck in the Brad Ingelsby-scripted drama Torrance, which is also at the studio. The studio has been in talks with Gunn to step in and develop this film, and the deal was made after he was settled out of Guardians of the Galaxy 3 by Disney.

The Legend of Tarzan‘s Adam Cozad worked on the screenplay at one point, and most recently actor Todd Stashwick (HeroesThe Originals12 Monkeys) revealed that he was working on a draft with David Bar Katz and O’Connor. It would seem that all three are now off the script as Gunn takes over.

Gunn is bringing a completely new take on the property to Suicide Squad, the first installment of which was directed and scripted by David Ayer for Warner Bros and DC, and grossed $746 million. Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Jared Leto are all expected to reprise their roles as Harley Quinn, Deadshot and The Joker.

Suicide Squad 2 will likely begin filming in late 2019.

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