Although it was a reviews disaster, Suicide Squad (2016) was a box office success, grossing $745 million worldwide. The film by David Ayer didn’t convince anyone, so the people from Warner Bros. and DC started a campaign giving out names about who could be the director of the sequel. The first name that sounded bigger was Mel Gibson, but after script delays and discrepancies, he finally abandoned the run. Other names like Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland (2009)), Daniel Espinosa (Life (2017)) or Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies (2013)) also sounded as possible replacements. But the last days, Jaume Collet-Serra is the frontrunner choice for producers to take the reigns of Suicide Squad 2. And this time it looks like it might be the final decision.
Some of the main actors from the first film like Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn or Joel Kinnaman playing Rick Flag have confirmed their presence in the sequel. The script for the film is supposed to get rewritten by The Avengers (2012) writer Zak Penn. The plans of starting filming next year for its release in 2019 are persistent.
Jaume Collet-Serra is not a newbie in the development of intense spectacular movies. If his two first titles, the forgettable House of Wax (2005) and the very interesting Orphan (2009), were of the horror genre, he soon made himself a name a the creator of fast paced intense thrillers with films like Unknown (2011), Run All Night (2015) and Non-Stop (2014). His latest work was the intense shark horror thriller The Shallows (2016), one of the surprises of the past season. Collet-Serra is currently working on the post-production of his next film The Commuter (2018), expected to hit theaters early next year. The film, starred by Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga and Liam Neeson, is a mystery thriller about a businessman who is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.
Check out the trailer for Suicide Squad (2016) here: