‘Suicide Squad 2’: Mel Gibson, Jonathan Levine, Ruben Fleischer Among Directors Being Considered for Sequel

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Warner Bros. has begun the search for the director who will take over the reins for the sequel to box office hit “Suicide Squad.” Mel Gibson is perhaps the most surprising of the handful of possibilities.

Sources tell Variety that in addition to Gibson, Warners has met with — or is planning to meet with — Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”), Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House”), and Jonathan Levine (“Warm Bodies”).

Warner Bros. had no comment.

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Though insiders say the list could grow and that there is no front-runner at the moment, one source close to the situation said if Gibson wants it, the job is his.

Gibson had said in the past that he wasn’t interested in directing a comic book movie so his involvement does seem odd, but sources now reveal that the filmmaker is excited about the prospect of working with this cast, specifically Will Smith. Before Ben Affleck and Gavin O’Connor became involved in “The Accountant,” Gibson and Smith tried teaming up on the film — with Gibson directing and Smith starring. The old WB regime, however, wasn’t interested in working with Gibson.

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David Ayer wrote and directed the original pic that starred Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto. The movie followed a group of villains and antiheroes — including Deadshot, Harley Quinn, the Joker, Captain Boomerang, and Killer Croc — who were forced into the service of the government in exchange for lighter sentences.

Though the original was met with a mixed reaction from fans and critics, it nevertheless grossed more than $700 million at the box office, making a sequel inevitable.

Last year’s WWII action-drama “Hacksaw Ridge” marked Gibson’s first film as a director in 10 years. If he takes on “Suicide Squad,” it would be his first directing gig for a major studio since helming Paramount’s “Braveheart” in 1995.

Deadline Hollywood first reported WB’s interest in Gibson.

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  1. Christopher Gongora says:

    Why is no one considering Edgar Wright or Guy Ritchie? people with experience in dealing with groups of colorful characters on screen.

  2. Foxx says:

    Damn, I would’ve loved to have seen Will take a role like The Accountant and see Gibson’s vision. Gibson probably could’ve been or maybe still could be Smith’s Christopher Nolan or Scorcese. I want to see a Mel Gibson directed movie starring Will Smith, now.

  3. JoeR says:

    I’d pay a double admission price to see this directed by Mel Gibson. But the only way it can really work is if he gets both script approval and final cut. I truly hope it happens.

  4. gabe says:

    huh interesting

  5. William L Zipkin says:

    Count me as one consumer who will N-E-V-E-R rent/buy/view ANY production connected to / promoted by Mel Gibson!

  6. Valerie says:

    Mel Gibson is one of the best director in the business…love, love him 💋👑👍

  7. tony says:

    mel was critical of the superhero trend last year so it would be a surprise to see him accept this project.

  8. jedi77 says:

    About time they looked at a more stabile director (yes, I realize the pun).
    Snyder has always been hit and miss, and so has Ayer. Gibson, however, has never made a bad film as director.

  9. IT--II--IT says:

    INTEL RUN Hollywood’s franchise slum ‘latest’

    Meanwhile, WHY has the ‘daring outside the box’ Mel GIBSON – – BALKED- – –
    any treatment of any passing milestone for the now 21st century pivotal
    ————————— – – – KOREAN WAR ??? – – – ———————————

    TAKE HEED

    BEWARE

  10. Will it be called “Career Suicide Squad?” Sorry; couldn’t resist. Please remember to tip your waitresses.

  11. Catherine Brittingham says:

    Loser show no one can make this flop a hit

  12. Marty says:

    Good luck, guys. (I mean this to the cast and crew, if Mel gets hired for the job).

  13. loco73 says:

    Please…please…please…stop…no more…LOL

  14. Quacker says:

    Get Mel. End of story.

  15. Jiminy Critic says:

    It would be a waste of Gibson’s talent, even it if was a great script.

  16. Jpe says:

    Gibson would be amazing but he’ll never do it. He’d make a fantastic film but he’ll
    never do it. I can’t see such an accomplished and Oscar-winning filmmaker letting WB take the film, slice and dice it, throw out character bits and replace them with music videos, and then add jokes. Warner suits interfere waaaay too much for great filmmakers to even consider getting involved with these movies.

  17. Cass says:

    Oh God…

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