Ousted Guardians of the Galaxy director switches camps, tied to new DC Comics film

James Gunn to Write & Possibly Direct New Suicide Squad Movie

James Gunn to Write & Possibly Direct New Suicide Squad Movie

In a weird way, he's kind of the ideal choice for this project assuming that Warner Bros. doesn't take it away and try to recut it based on positive reaction to a trailer (which is what happened with the first Suicide Squad).

Prior to James Gunn getting fired for the pedophilia tweets by Disney, Gunn actually blasted and insinuated that Jared Leto was a pedophilia numerous times, with the latest incident happening on Twitter this past May.

Director James Gunn is reported to be in talks with DC to write and direct the next Suicide Squad film.

Of course, while he isn't directing Suicide Squad 2, David Ayer also hasn't left the DCEU. When Warner Bros. greenlit Birds of Prey, the Cathy Yan-directed feature centered around Harley Quinn's girl gang, before giving Suicide Squad 2 the go-ahead, O'Connor reportedly "grew frustrated and fell off the project" to work on The Has-Been instead.

Suicide Squad was released in 2016 and earned about $750 million worldwide.

Ayer's return to the franchise was never on the table following the director's creative differences with the studio during the film's post-production process. The publication writes that the directing gig could be decided once his script is complete.

James Gunn issued a statement (via Hollywood Reporter) at the time, saying: 'My words of almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. "I have regretted them for many years since - not just because they were stupid, not at all amusing, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don't reflect the person I am today or have been for some time", he said.

io9's report includes phrases like "reportedly", which suggests that the outlet may have cobbled together enough inside info about the pending Gunn deal to elicit a clear response from Warner Bros.

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