HBO Max is in active development with a straight-to-series order for Oh f*ck, it’s Peacemaker!, as announced by WarnerMedia on Wednesday. The new series will explore the origins of the Peacemaker character, the master of weapons, tying in to the highly anticipated upcoming DC adaptation, The Suicide Squad film, directed by James Gunn and currently aiming for an August 6, 2021 release.
John Cena will reprise his role from the film to star in the series, with Gunn tapped to pen all eight episodes, as well as direct the first among multiple episodes as the company plans to shoot next year. Gunn will also serve as exec producer along with The Suicide Squad producer Peter Safran, with Cena co-exec producing. Gunn’s Troll Court Entertainment and The Safran Company are producing in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Exact plot details are nil, although WarnerMedia describes Cena’s forthcoming incarnation of Peacemaker as “a man who believes in peace at any cost — no matter how many people he has to kill to get it.”
“Peacemaker is an opportunity to delve into current world issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world’s biggest douchebag.” says Gunn. “I’m excited to expand The Suicide Squad and bring this character from the DC film universe to the full breadth of a series. And of course, to be able to work again with John, Peter, and my friends at Warner Bros. is the icing on the cake.”
“I have said before that it has been a tremendous honor and an incredible opportunity to be part of The Suicide Squad and to work with James on what is going to be a fantastic movie.” adds Gunn. “I am unbelievably excited to have the chance to team up with him again for Peacemaker. We can’t wait for fans to see this.”
“James Gunn has the unique ability to create an expansive universe while also bringing to life the soul and wit of each character.” said HBO/HBO Max CCO, Casey Bloys. “We look forward to a deep dive into the world of Peacemaker,”
Cena will next be seen in Universal Pictures’s F9, the ninth installment of the Fast & Furious action film franchise, which is scheduled to be released in April 2021 following its cancelled theatrical release back in May due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Gunn, following Peacemaker, will next go into production on the third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, which he will write and direct for Marvel, as he did for the first two installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe under Kevin Feige.
Safran is president and founder of The Safran Company. With over $3 billion in worldwide box office in collaboration with Warner Bros./New Line over the past six years, Safran is also credited for the successful The Conjuring franchise, and is reteaming with James Wan for Aquaman 2 and Michael Chaves’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, as well as The Nun 2, and Shazam! Fury of the Gods.