“Suicide Squad 2” may have found its director after months of searching. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. wants Jaume Collet-Serra (“Orphan”) to direct the DC sequel. While the original “Suicide Squad” didn’t score with fans, the film grossed $745 million worldwide, guaranteeing a second installment.
Collet-Serra is best known for working with Liam Neeson for the films “Unknown,” “Non-stop,” “Run All Night,” and the upcoming “The Commuter.” He also released horror flick “The Shallows” this summer, starring Blake Lively (“Gossip Girl”) and Óscar Jaenada (“The Losers”). Serra first broke into Hollywood with his hit horror film “Orphan,” and has been in high demand ever since.
However, this wasn’t the first director that Warner Bros. has been in talks with during their search. io9 reports that Mel Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”) was previously approached for the position, but it looks like it didn’t work out. According to Den of Geek, when production on the film was pushed back in order to write a new draft of the script, Gibson lost interest. While a Gibson-directed DC film would’ve been…interesting, Collet-Serra is a much better fit.
According to io9, the studio hopes to begin filming “Suicide Squad 2” as soon as possible. So far, “Aquaman” is the only DC film set to begin principal photography this year.