Suicide Squad 2 Loses Its Top Choice Director Jaume Collet-Serra

Posted 2017/07/31 0 0

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While Suicide Squad was a blockbuster hit in 2015 with a final global cume of $745.6 million ($325.1 domestically, $420.5 internationally), it’s been anything but smooth sailing for Warner Bros. to pull together the creative team for the supervillain sequel. Deadline reports that the Spanish director, who was Warner Bros.’ first choice for the sequel to its critically hated, fanboy-approved supervillain ensemble piece, has taken himself out of the running for the gig. Instead, he’s signed on with Disney to direct Jungle Cruise, the studio’s attempt to replicate the success of the Indiana Jones and Pirates Of The Caribbean franchises basically by combining the two.

David Ayer has been confirmed as not returning to direct Suicide Squad 2, and Warner Bros. initially approached Mel Gibson for the gig before moving on to Collet-Serra. Other names previously in the mix were Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) and Daniel Espinosa (Life), who may resurface, as well as Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) who has since moved on to directing Venom for Sony. Whoever is next in line after Collet-Serra, Warner Bros. needs to lock in a director soon so that Suicide Squad 2 can move forward. With the film potentially going before cameras next year, a lot of uncertainties remain, including a commitment from Jared Leto to return as the Joker; the revelation that Cara Delevingne is “pretty sure” she won’t be back as The Enchantress for the sequel; and most of all, the film’s script, which is reportedly being re-written.

Collet-Serra, the Spanish director who broke into Hollywood with the genre hit Orphan, has been an under the radar hitmaker, with credits including Unknown, Non-Stop, Run All Night and The Shallows, the latter of which grossed $119 million worldwide on a $17 million budget. Non-Stop grossed $222 million worldwide for Universal. Collet-Serra most recently wrapped the Liam Neeson starrer The Commuter, which Lionsgate will release January 12. Collet-Serra is separately attached to Annapurna’s Waco, a drama scripted by Zero Dark Thirty’s Mark Boal and Kubo and the Two Strings’ Marc Haimes about the 1993 standoff between the FBI and Texas state law enforcement and the David Koresh-led Branch Davidians that turned the sleepy town of Elk, just outside of Waco, into a battle zone. A 51-day standoff ended with 76 people dead as the cult’s compound was engulfed by a raging fire.

 

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