Ex-Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has joined the distinguished competition, DC Film/Warner Bros.
James Gunn has been hired by Warner Bros and DC to write with an eye to direct direct the next installment of the Suicide Squad franchise. It’s the first job he’s taken since he parted ways with Disney, which let him go from the lucrative Guardians of the Galaxy franchise in July in the wake of old controversial tweets that had been compiled by alt-right journalists and sent to Disney.
Warner Bros had director Gavin O’Connor attached to that film, but he is now engaged in directing Ben Affleck in the Brad Ingelsby-scripted drama Torrance, which is also at the studio. The studio has been in talks with Gunn to step in and develop this film, and the deal was made after he was settled out of Guardians of the Galaxy 3 by Disney.
This would be a big get for Warner Bros who failed to find the right creative juice to make the first Suicide Squad work, despite the film being a financial success. Gunn will bring his own unique vision to the franchise. Hopefully WB will stay out of the edit bays this time and allow the director they hired to create his OWN vision, unaltered.