It seems that Warner Bros and DC Comics are pushing ahead with their future plans for their DCEU with news that a director for the upcoming sequel to last year’s Suicide Squad may have been found.

Deadline is reporting that acclaimed director Jaume Collet-Serra is the new frontrunner to take over the anticipated sequel after many other filmmakers had been linked. Biggest of them was Mel Gibson, who directed last year’s hit Hacksaw Ridge, and had apparently met with WB to discuss the film but is seems that the actor/director has passed.

SEE ALSO: HeyUGuys chats exclusively to the cast of Suicide Squad

Which leaves Collet-Serra as the main target for the studio now to take the reigns for the film – indeed, the filmmaker has been making a steady climb up the Hollywood ladder in recent year. His first US film was horror hit Orphan before he directed Liam Neeson actioner Non-Stop and 2015’s sleeper hit The Shallows, which starred Blake Lively. Recently he finished The Commuter, which sees him reteam with Neeson with the film due for release next year.

RELATED: Why The Shallows is the natural evolution of the summer blockbuster

No release date has been set for the sequel yet, with rumours suggesting a 2018 filming date but nothing has been confirmed.

Release last August, Suicide Squad was written and directed by David Ayer (Fury) and starred Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevinge, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, and despite being panned by critics it grossed over $745million worldwide.