The Wrap confirmed in an exclusive on Tuesday that James Gunn is up for scripting and potential directing duties on the sequel to DCEU property, Suicide Squad. The move marks the latest development for the former Disney employee after being fired over tweets resurfaced by a right-wing provocateur back in July.
Gavin O’Connor wrote a previous draft, whereas now Gunn’s will forsee what’s reported as an entirely different take on the property that centers on a band of super-skilled criminals fight terror at the behest of a secret government program. David Ayer wrote and directed the original, and in the course of its post-production was locked out of his own editing room by the studio in favor of a lighter-toned action adventure.
Gunn’s fallout from Disney couldn’t have been uglier after being forced to cancel a Hall H appearance to promote David Yarovesky’s upcoming horror, BrightBurn. His old Tweets, indeed, are reprehensive, although none of them have been indicative of the better person he’s been ever since, which is why I’m in full agreement with this Screenrant piece proudly tweeted on repeat by Dave Bautista back in August.
Of equal importance and next to the fact that Gunn had brought $1.6 billion dollars to the House Of Mouse with the Guardians Of The Galaxy films thusfar, that Cernovich sought to destroy Gunn’s career not out of some semblance of moral obligation to hold him accountable, but just for thrill of a social media fracas, should have been a clear-cut red flag for the studio.
“I enjoy just the raw human visceral reaction of jumping into the arena and just swinging the hammer and seeing what is left over afterwards,” he told The Wrap back in July. “Twitter is just modern-day gladiatorial combat.”
Then again, not even Bautista could get through to the studio, and it’s a shame that the third installment to one of the studio’s most thrilling franchises is still on the shelf because of it.
As for Suicide Squad’s continuation, there’s no question that it’s brought some prospects, especially for actress Margot Robbie who will reprise her Harley Quinn portrayal for Cathy Yan’s Birds Of Prey film. With the studio moving forward on two Joker films and other of its DC properties, Gunn’s involvement on Suicide Squad 2 could very well bring about the reset the studio’s been needing in the past year.
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