This is Rumor Control. Here are the facts. Currently, the job of Suicide Squad 2 is Mel Gibson‘s if he wants it. He’s taking his time getting acquainted with the lore and really deciding if this is the project for him, and while he’s doing that it’s being reported that the studio is also considering Jaume Collet-Serra for the job. This news comes courtesy of Jeff Sneider of Mashable on a recent episode of his Meet the Movie Press podcast, and this is what he had to say about the director:
“He delivers hits on a mid-sized budget. He can make a lot out of a little… He’s a slick director. He’s a diverse hire.”
Collet-Serra’s filmography is filled with such films as The Shallows, Run All Night, Non-Stop, Unknown and Orphan, so he would make a pretty decent runner-up if Gibson decides to pass. Previous reports had Daniel Espinosa (Life, Safe House), Ruben Fleischer (Gangster Squad, Zombieland) and Jonathan Levine (The Night Before, Warm Bodies) in contention for the job as well, but I think it’s a given that most fans would rather see Gibson directing. Detractors site his previous issues with antisemitism, racist comments and domestic violence incidents toward Oksana Grigorieva (the mother of his daughter) and his alcohol-related legal problems as reasons not to go with him, as they still sit sour with many inside and out of the industry. In fact, his career is only just now experiencing a resurgence (following a decade spent being blacklisted) due to his Oscar nominated WWII film Hacksaw Ridge. Most feel this will serve as a redemption project for Gibson, and I’m inclined to agree. Time will tell if the studio and Gibson are willing to take a chance on each other.