James Gunn Has Signed On To Write The Script For ‘Suicide Squad 2’ And May Direct

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James Gunn appears to have landed on his feet and in another comic book film universe.  He has signed a deal to write the script for Warner Brothers’ ‘Suicide Squad 2’.  He has not signed on to direct, but that is an available option, depending on how the screenwriting goes.  Gunn was suddenly fired from the third ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movie by Disney in July, after some offensive, old tweets were released by alt-right activists, who disagreed with Gunn’s liberal political stance.  Despite the cast of ‘Guardians’ rallying to support him, and fans going so far as to rent billboards urging Disney to reinstate him, Disney has not budged.

Gunn’s ‘Suicide Squad’ is reportedly not eyed as a sequel, but rather a fresh start after the lackluster first film.  Reportedly, the characters used will be Deadshot, Harley Quinn, the Joker, Captain Boomerang and Killer Croc, all of whom appeared in the first film in varying degrees.

The first ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movie was a surprise hit for Disney and Marvel Studios.  Gunn struck gold with a balance of humor, action and underdog scrappiness plus a campy soundtrack featuring light rock hits of the ’60s and ’70s.  No one expected this bizarre flick, featuring a gun-toting, foul-mouth raccoon and a lumbering, intelligent tree to prove as successful as it did, but the rollicking tone helped set the stage for future Marvel movies, most obviously, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ which ditched the somber Shakespearean mood of the first two ‘Thor’s for a free-wheeling, cosmic romp.

It’s also hard to ignore the impact ‘Guardians’ had on ‘Suicide Squad’.  This was another ensemble picture, featuring a ragtag group of misfits teamed up for the common good.  But as it was originally crafted by director David Ayer, it was a darker, grittier affair.  After the success of ‘Guardians’– and the relative failure of the dark and gritty ‘Batman V Superman’– ‘Suicide Squad’ was heavily reshot and edited, to make it quirkier and more comedic.  The first trailer was moody and sinister.  The second, post-‘Guardians’ ad mixed in classic rock hits and a more madcap tone.

So ‘Suicide Squad 2’ may be a perfect fit.  It allows Gunn to develop another film, featuring an eclectic ensemble cast, in a comic book setting.  And it gives some prestige to Warner Brothers.  Despite the extensive copycatting of ‘Guardians’, the first ‘Suicide Squad’ was nowhere near the hit that ‘Guardians’ was.  But by getting the mastermind behind the original misfit hit to tackle this, ‘Suicide Squad 2’ could be a fresh start and a step in the right direction for Warner Brothers.

What do you think?  Are you excited to see what Gunn can do with this property?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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