James Gunn had already made the move to get back on the filmmaking ladder after his unceremonious firing from Disney’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ by re-developing the ‘Suicide Squad’ sequel. Now, Warner Bros. has decided they want Gunn to take the helm on the project.

The news comes as no surprise, who better to convey the story Gunn developed than Gunn himself. The sequel, which has the working title of ‘The Suicide Squad’ is said to have Gunn’s tonal voice to the script. The project is also being branded as a revamp rather than a straight-up sequel to David Ayer’s film.

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As for the original cast of Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto and Jai Courtney, it remains to be seen if they will make a return in one capacity or another. Its said that Gunn is keen to move forward with an all-new cast and characters.

Even though ‘Suicide Squad’ was a flop amongst critics, the film still went on to make a staggering $746 million at the worldwide box office. It has also gone on to spawn a spin-off for Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn ‘Birds of Prey’ which will also star Mary Elizabeth-Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Rosie Perez.

Gunn’s next furore as a producer comes in the form of the twisted superhero horror ‘Brightburn’ which stars Elizabeth Banks stars as a mother who discovers an extraterrestrial child (Jackson A. Dunn).

‘The Suicide Squad’ is set for an August 2021 release.