Ben Affleck Signs For New Movie With Gavin O'Connor

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James Gunn to write Suicide Squad 2, possibly direct

The next Suicide Squad movie wouldn't be a sequel, but a "next installment in the franchise", io9 reports.

Early information suggests that the project would be more of a reboot than a direct sequel to David Ayer's 2016 feature, which was met with less-than-favorable reviews upon its theatrical release.

Warner Bros already had plans for Suicide Squad 2, but those may be thrown out the window with the recent hiring of James Gunn.

Suicide Squad was not well-received by critics and fans. But it also looked like O'Connor was moving on to reteam with Ben Affleck on the sports drama The Has-Been.

According to Variety film reporter Justin Kroll, there's another reason why O'Connor is no longer behind the helm: his story for Suicide Squad 2 apparently "ended up being nearly identical to the Birds of Prey story". The project doesn't have a release date yet, but is expected after Cathy Yan's Birds Of Prey, which is scheduled for 2020.

A move to Marvel's comic book rivals of old, DC, only adds intrigue to the ongoing saga, which has seen the likes of GOTG star Dave Bautista blast the Disney corporation, which now owns Marvel.

Gunn, best known for helming two Guardians of the Galaxy films, was sacked by Marvel in August this year after his old, offensive tweets resurfaced on Twitter.

He continued: "Yeah it was a big fun silly movie".

That said, Gunn probably won't run into the same problem that O'Connor did when writing his script for Suicide Squad 2. Nothing but originality from this guy.

Gunn's witty, irreverent sensibility turned Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy from little-known minor characters into one Disney's most acclaimed and bankable franchises. Gunn is taking a new approach to the property and this isn't exactly a sequel to Suicide Squad. A move to DC-which is in desperate need of creative direction-would be a definitive middle finger to Marvel for letting him go, and Gunn's sensibilities would actually be ideal for the bad guys forced to do good of Suicide Squad.

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