James Gunn had a rocky past year.
Following the resurgence of some terrible past tweets from 2008 and 2009, Gunn was summarily fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 by Disney and Marvel. He did apologize for the tweets and took the exit pretty well.
It’s honestly to the point where people are actively campaigning to have Gunn return and finish out the Guardians trilogy. Though that is super unlikely at best.
Instead, DC approached Gunn. He boarded to write the sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad, which took a lot from Guardians of the Galaxy (at least in its marketing). He appeared to be a natural fit to write the sequel’s script.
Now it looks like he may be directing the film as well.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gunn has entered talks with Warner Brothers and DC to direct the film. It’s not an entirely unexpected move for the director or the studio.
Not much is known about the film, which follows a group of villains corralled by a shady government agency to do black-ops missions. Technically, it’s not even a sequel to the 2016 film anymore, but a relaunch. The film will be retitled The Suicide Squad.
THR reports that Gunn plans to take the franchise in a new direction with a new cast of characters and actors.
The Suicide Squad is slated for an August 2021 release.
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