Di­rec­tor Jaume Col­let-Serra pulls out of Sui­cide Squad 2

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Jaume Col­let-Serra has pulled out of di­rect­ing 'Sui­cide Squad 2'. 'The Shal­lows' film­maker was the fron­trun­ner to helm the DC Ex­tended Uni­verse se­quel but now Col­let-Serra has signed up to di­rect 'Jun­gle Cruise' for Dis­ney star­ring Dwayne John­son, Dead­line re­ports. Warner Bros Stu­dios have been on the hunt for a di­rec­tor after David Ayer - who helmed the first movie - pulled out to fo­cus on 'Gotham City Sirens'. Mel Gib­son was pre­vi­ously linked with the va­cant di­rec­tor's chair, but was adamant it was all just spec­u­la­tion. He said: "I don't know. I just met some guys about story points. It's not a done deal or any­thing, but it's just fun to shoot the pool, you know, when it comes to sto­ries. I love do­ing it. And if we can el­e­vate any type of con­cept, it's good. We'll see." Other film­mak­ers in the run­ning to helm the se­quel in­cluded Jonathan Levine, Daniel Espinosa and Ruben Fleis­cher, who has since took over di­rect­ing 'Venom' for Sony Pic­tures. Joel Kin­na­man ad­mit­ted he "def­i­nitely" wants to re­turn to the fran­chise as spe­cial forces op­er­a­tive Rick Flag, and con­firmed work is cur­rently un­der­way on a script, with shoot­ing ex­pected to com­mence "some­time" in 2018. Speak­ing back in June, he said: "As far as I know they're writ­ing the script and I think the plan is to shoot it some­time in 2018, but that could change. I think I'll def­i­nitely come back for it." Though he hasn't seen a plot for the film yet, Kin­na­man, 37, knows what he'd like to see his char­ac­ter get up to in the se­quel with the team of su­pervil­lains, which in­cludes Har­ley Quinn (Mar­got Rob­bie), Dead­shot (Will Smith) and Cap­tain Boomerang (Jai Court­ney).

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