James Gunn to Write “Suicide Squad” Sequel

James Gunn. Photo by Vianney Le Caer/REX/Shutterstock (8628323h)

The Guardians of the Galaxy has been tapped to pen the Suicide Sequel 

James Gunn will be writing the script for the next installment of the franchise for Warner Bros. and DC. Gunn is also in talks to direct the film.

Just a couple of months ago, the 52-year-old filmmaker was fired by Disney after a series of offensive tweets he had written years before resurfaced. The decade-old tweets made offensive jokes about race and pedophilia. Gunn, who directed the first two Guardians of the Galaxy movies had the support of almost the entire cast, however, Disney refused to go back on its decision to let the filmmaker go. Consequently, production on the upcoming Marvel sequel has been on hold indefinitely. 

“Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today,” he wrote apologetically. “Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.”

The first Suicide Squad told the story of a band of misfit and starred Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Jared Leto, and Cara Delevigne. The movie did not do well with the critics and made $746 million worldwide.