Suicide Squad 2 frontrunner Jaume Collet-Serra withdraws to direct Jungle Cruise

Suicide Squad

After laying out a slate of potential films during San Diego Comic Con, without details or scheduling for the most part, Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe has taken another blow.

The studio’s Suicide Squad 2 is once again without a potential director as the frontrunner Jaume Collet-Serra, who seemed all but locked for the film, has chosen to pass on the film to handle Disney’s Dwayne Johnson led Jungle Cruise film instead, according to Deadline. 

According to the reports The Shallows director decided that Disney’s film would give him “the opportunity to originate a new Indiana Jones-like action-adventure franchise in lockstep with one of the most globally bankable film stars” and that this was “a better opportunity than continuing a storyline originated by another director.” That other director of course was David Ayer who did the first Suicide Squad film for Warner Bros. before choosing to work on the Gotham City Sirens film for the studio rather than a sequel of his previous film.

There aren’t a lot of details about either film at this rate. Jungle Cruise, expected to start production next spring, is based upon the Disney attraction of the same name and is rumored to be a period piece

Suicide Squad 2 is reportedly set to bring back Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto from the first film’s ensemble with the other parts still a mystery. With Collet-Serra’s withdrawal the studio will have to begin their search again for another director.

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