James Gunn in Talks to Write and Direct DC’s ‘Suicide Squad 2’ After Being Fired from Marvel’s ‘Guardian of the Galaxy’

Director James Gunn attends a premiere of the film “Guardians of the galaxy, Vol. 2” in London April 24, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn is in talks to write “Suicide Squad 2,” jumping ship from Marvel to DC.

Gunn’s deal was made “with an eye to direct” the Warner Bros. film, which is expected to be a completely new take.

Gunn helmed the first two “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies, but was fired from the franchise this summer following the re-emergence of old, offensive tweets joking about pedophilia and rape.

The studio had been developing “Suicide Squad 2” with “The Accountant” director Gavin O’Connor, who came on board a year ago, but is no longer attached.

Sony announced on Monday that it moved Gunn’s “BrightBurn” back from Nov. 30 to May 24, 2019 — the start of Memorial Day weekend. Gunn produced the project with The H Collective. “BrightBurn” stars Elizabeth Banks, Jackson Dunn, David Denman, Meredith Hagner, and Matt Jones.

The first “Suicide Squad” was toplined by Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, and Cara Delevingne. Despite poor reviews, the movie earned nearly $750 million worldwide on a $175 million budget. The film, written and directed by David Ayer, followed imprisoned supervillains executing black ops missions to save the world in exchange for reduced sentences.

Gunn has apologized for the tweets, which were posted between 2008 and 2012. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast issued a collective statement of support for Gunn, but Disney executives stood firm on the dismissal.

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SOURCE: Variety, Dave McNary