Warner Brothers have paired writers David Bar Katz and Todd Stashwick with director Gavin O’Connor to work on the screenplay for Suicide Squad 2. The pair will be replacing Legend of Tarzan‘s Adam Cozad who had been working on the script with O’Connor.
The 2016 original starred Will Smith and Margot Robbie as two members of a squad of super-villians who are forced by the government to take dangerous black ops missions in order to reduce time on their sentences. O’Connor took over directorial reigns for the project from original director David Ayer, who had moved on to develop another DC Comics Extended Universe film for the studio, Gotham City Sirens.
Katz first came onto the Hollywood radar when his script The Man In The Rockefeller Suit landed on the 2014 Black List. Since then he has had a number of projects in development including the Robert Dwney Jr feature Chasing Phil. He has also done a rewrite on New Line’s Spawn, which is currently gearing up for production later this year. Stashwick already has some experience with DC Comics villains having written for the Fox Network’s Batman prequel series Gotham.
While most of Warners future plans for their DC Extended Universe franchise seem to be up in the air, it is a good bet that a Suicide Squad sequel will happen. The film did not do well with critics but it did make $746.8 million worldwide, so it is easy to see why a follow up would be wanted. Currently, though, the studio also has various projects featuring Robbie’s Harley Quinn and various iterations of the classic villain the Joker – who appeared in Suicide Squad portrayed by Jared Leto – so there are a number of possibilities that the studio has to choose from when looking to move forward.
Via Hollywood Reporter.