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Will Smith will not be back to revisit the truly iconic line, “What is this, some kind of Suicide Squad?” in Warner Bros.’ upcoming sequel The Suicide Squad. The follow-up has been in development ever since the DC movie hit theaters in 2016 and went on to gross an impressive $746.8 million worldwide—and win an Oscar for Best Makeup & Hairstyling. Reviews were unkind to writer/director David Ayer’s film, which reportedly went though serious changes in post-production as Warner Bros. tried to rework the film to fit more in line with the film’s cheerful, “Bohemian Rhapsody”-backed trailer that scored a positive response.
Ayer was maybe possibly going to return at the helm, but first he tackled the Netflix blockbuster Bright—which reteamed him with Smith. As Ayer moved on, the studio courted Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop) to take the helm, but he opted to make Disney’s Jungle Cruise instead. They then enlisted The Accountant director Gavin O’Connor to take the reins, but when the Birds of Prey movie reportedly moved forward with a plot similar to the one O’Connor had planned for Suicide Squad 2, he moved on.
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Warner Bros. finally gained serious traction on the sequel when they hired James Gunn to write and direct, coming off the Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker’s firing from Disney. And now, with production on The Suicide Squad aiming to begin this fall, Variety reports that Smith has opted not to reprise his role as Deadshot due to scheduling conflicts.
Gunn’s take on the film is said to...
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