Suicide Squad: The Shallows Director Now A Frontrunner To Helm Antihero Sequel?

– by Lyle Smith

Say what you want about last year’s Suicide Squad, but it made a boatload of money--$746 million worldwide to be exact. And with a $175 million budget, that’s a pretty darn good profit. Achieving such a huge box office haul is a doubly impressive feat considering it was savaged by critics before it was even released to the masses. People showed up regardless. Why many moviegoers ignored reviews is anyone’s guess, but it’s no surprise that WB has been looking to get another Suicide Squad to theaters within the next few years.

With original director David Ayer out of the mix for the sequel--as he is set to direct the Harley Quinn-centric spinoff, Gotham City Sirens--the door is wide open for new talent to take the reins of the franchise. Last month, news broke that none other than the controversial, yet extremely talented, Mel Gibson was in the running to direct Suicide Squad 2, confirming that they are in a “first date” stage by the Oscar-winning man himself. This was quite a bit of unexpected news (shocking, even), as Gibson is one of those filmmakers who most people would never dream of seeing attached superhero genre. Myself included.

That said, another potential candidate is allegedly being courted for the Suicide Squad sequel. During an episode of the Meet the Movie Press, veteran reporter Jeff Sneider indicated that The Shallows director, Jaume Collet-Serra, is another frontrunner to helm the anti-hero sequel. The Spanish filmmaker is also known for two run-of-the-mill Liam Neeson films (Run All Night and Non-Stop) and the super creepy 2009 film, Orphan (which I rather enjoyed). Collet-Serra has yet to comment on this news.

Personally, I would much rather see what Mel Gibson can do with a Suicide Squad film. He is definitely an intriguing choice and would certainly have a unique take on it. The Suicide Squad franchise needs something to kick it in a different direction, and Gibson might be the unexpected jolt it needs; he’s easily one of the most talented and underused people in Hollywood.

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SOURCE: Meet the Movie Press

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