Gavin O’Connor, who’s directed a polarizing plethora of films, has been nabbed by Warner Bros. to write and direct their Suicide Squad sequel, Suicide Squad 2. His previous films include Miracle, Warrior, Jane got a Gun, and The Accountant. Working with the heavyweights of the super-villain mashup won’t be a fresh feat for the director as he’s previously directed veterans such as Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Kurt Russel, Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, and Ben Affleck.
The original film, the David Ayer directed Suicide Squad, was deemed a catastrophic failure by both critics and audiences alike, though still somehow garnered a $325 million domestic take-in against its $175 million budget (if that wasn’t evidence enough to consider it a hit, it took in over $420 million overseas). Regardless of quality, with those kind of box office figures, a sequel is inevitable.
David Ayer directed the original after a sling of above average, gritty, and realistic action films including Street Kings, End of Watch, and Fury. His next film, Bright, a Netflix original starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, and Noomi Rapace which is described as a cop drama in a fantasy world, has intrigued audiences with an overtly impressive trailer (though, so did Suicide Squad); the film is set for a December 22 release on the streaming platform. Recently announced, Ayer will remain in the DCEU as the helmer of the Margot Robbie starring, Gotham City Sirens, which will see her reprise her role as Harley Quinn.
When the project was announced, Hacksaw Ridge director, Mel Gibson, was rumored as well as The Shallows newcomer, Jaume Collet-Serra. Gibson still has nothing down the line (behind the camera wise) while the latter is slated to direct Disney’s Jungle Cruise.
No details are yet revealed for the Squad sequel besides the director and a 2019 release date. The release of November’s Justice League will be a good sign as too the direction of the universe, though the other films soon to come in the DCEU include James Wan’s Aquaman, Matt Reeves’ The Batman, Flashpoint, an untitled Joker Origins Film, and a Joker and Harley Quinn film. Warner Bros. may have a bit more confidence after the success of Wonder Woman, but audiences will not soon forget the disappointment of its other efforts, Suicide Squad at the forefront.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter – “Gavin O’Connor to Direct ‘Suicide Squad 2′”