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James Gunn to Write & Possibly Direct New Suicide Squad Movie James Gunn to write Suicide Squad 2, possibly direct
Adrian Cunningham | 12 October, 2018, 02:38

Newsbeat's been told that the new film would be a "new take" on the franchise rather than a direct sequel.

The Hollywood Reporter noted that Gunn's deal to write the screenplay for the film had been set, but that directing the film hadn't been finalized just yet. This seems to suggest that Gunn's Suicide Squad sequel will be different in every possible way to David Ayer's much-maligned 2016 original, which pulled in $746.8 million at the global box office.

James Gunn is a huge get for Warner Bros. and DC Films, who have struggled to find a cohesive vision for their cinematic superhero universe.

The first Suicide Squad followed a team of supervillains who were recruited by the government for a unsafe black ops mission in exchange for reduced sentences.

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DCEU fans, on the other hand, were thrilled at the idea of Gunn directing the film, as his style and sense of humor seems like a flawless fit for such a group. After ending his initial run in 1992, modern Suicide Squad creator John Ostrander was brought back to the title in 2007 to revamp the team, not unlike how Gunn is now coming in to revitalize the franchise. O'Connor was previously attached to the sequel pic, but eventually dropped out to work on The Has-Been, a Ben Affleck-led drama written by Brad Ingelsby, for Warner Bros. By comparison, Suicide Squad appeared to have been edited with a hatchet, with wildly different tones from scene-to-scene, a Harley Quinn and Joker arc that seemed like it had been abandoned midway through the film, and a boring, sky-portal climax that seemed out of place with the team's '80s action movie (and hyper-violent) roots.

The move comes after rival studio Marvel (owned by Disney) dumped Gunn in July over a series of dated shock-humor tweets. Nothing but originality from this guy. Dave Bautista, who plays the literally minded alien Drax in those movies, was vocally supportive of Gunn in the aftermath of his firing from Disney, and sounded excited that his friend had scored a new gig.

The story sees a new Suicide Squad come together with a batch of fresh recruits, which ties in nicely with Gunn's mission.