That didn't take very long! After being fired from directing the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie, James Gunn has been hired by Warner Bros. to take on the Suicide Squad sequel! Yes, James Gunn will be writing Suicide Squad 2 and is possibly in the works to direct the sequel as well, according to sources.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Gunn has closed a deal to write the sequel. The former Guardians director was fired by Disney back in July after offensive tweets from decades ago were discovered. To say the least, this makes sense. You have Suicide Squad, which has a team of superheores that are less than heroic, much like Guardians of the Galaxy.
While Guardians were both critically acclaimed successes for Marvel, Suicide Squad was not so much for DC. So, they are bringing Gunn on board to write the sequel and hopefully bring some of that success with him to the franchise. Maybe this is what DC and Warner Bros. needs to compete with the likes of the Marvel movies?
Time will tell if his hiring will upset some people. However, after his firing by Disney, Gunn had a tremendous amount of support coming in from Marvel fans, fellow Hollywood directors and his cast. Despite all the backlash from his firing, Disney stuck to their guns. CEO Bob Iger told The Hollywood Reporter in September, “The James Gunn decision was brought to me as a unanimous decision of a variety of executives at the studio, and I supported it … I haven’t second-guessed their decision.”
For now, Gunn has signed a deal to write the Suicide Squad 2 script. We can only assume that once the script is done, DC will decide if they want Gunn to also direct the movie or not.
As far as Disney and Marvel go, they are reportedly still using the script from Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy 3. However, there has been no director chosen and no production date has been set. Could be trouble in the works?Share: