James Gunn — the director of Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, who was fired by Disney-Marvel as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after disturbing tweets from his account about rape and pedophilia emerged — is reportedly in talks to write and direct the next installment in the Suicide Squad franchise.
Further reports indicate that Gunn’s version of Suicide Squad — which originally starred Will Smith and Margot Robbie –will not be a sequel, but a “whole new take.”
Gunn, who directed the wildly successful first two installments of Guardians Of The Galaxy, was fired from the third film in the franchise in July after disturbing tweets made by Gunn were uncovered.
David Ayer, who directed the original Suicide Squad, was never expected to return to the franchise due to severe creative differences with Warner Bros. Gavin O’Connor, the director of The Accountant, was originally attached to direct the project and wrote the previous draft of the script.
Following Gunn’s departure from the Guardians Of The Galaxy franchise, all of the film’s stars — such as Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn and Michael Rooker — all signed a letter in support of the director.
Despite the fact that Suicide Squad earned nearly $750 million worldwide on a $175 million budget, it was largely considered a failure due to its horrendous critical reception.