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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Earlier this month, we reported on a rumor that Jaume Collet-Serra, the helmer behind such films as Orphan and The Shallows, was the frontrunner to take on the upcoming antihero sequel, Suicide Squad 2. This would have personally been an unexpected move from Warner Bros., as they have a tendency to go for directors with much bigger names, but it looks like their talks didn’t quite result in a hiring.

According to Deadline, Collet-Serra will not be helming Suicide Squad 2, but will instead be directing Dwayne Johnson in his upcoming Disney flick, Jungle Cruise. This is probably a better move for Collet-Serra. While Jungle Cruise won’t necessarily have the same big name attached to it as Suicide Squad, there is a lot less pressure with this film. With Johnson attached, you already have your A-list star, and given how strong Disney’s portfolio is across the board, this isn’t a film that will break them, should it fall short.

However, with Suicide Squad 2, you’re already working with a film franchise that is something of a rocking boat. It’s hard to tell what audiences are willing to put up with, and with the last film, Suicide Squad, being less than well received, there’s always the possibility that the sequel will have some serious downward momentum. No matter how good this movie is, it may be overlooked thanks to the weaknesses of that first movie.

As of right now, there are no plot details for Jungle Cruise. All we really know is that it’s based on the “ride” of the same name from Disneyland (though I hesitate to actually call that a ride). As someone who works with both Warner Bros. and Disney, Dwayne Johnson reportedly “let Disney and [Warner Bros.] work out the Collet-Serra situation,” so we have to wonder what the exact details were regarding this whole deal.

Regardless, as stated above, I think this is a good move for all parties involved, and actually look forward to seeing Collet-Serra take the leap from mid budget director to big budget director.

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SOURCE: Deadline

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.