Here’s one nobody saw coming. Mel Gibson is in talks with Warner Bros. to direct a sequel to David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. According to THR, Gibson is familiarizing himself with the material. But the studio is not being passive and is also looking at other directors, Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) among them.
Ironically, Gibson has been vocally against doing these types of films. While promoting Hacksaw Ridge, Gibson spoke to The Washington Post about the type of action in current blockbuster films, especially in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, saying they were “violence without conscience.”
Gibson added the following about Batman V Superman: “I look at them and scratch my head. I’m really baffled by it. I think there’s a lot of waste but maybe if I did one of those things with the green screens I’d find out different. I don’t know. Maybe they do cost that much. I don’t know. It seems to me that you could do it for less. If you’re spending outrageous amounts of money, $180 million or more, I don’t know how you make it back after the taxman gets you, and after you give half to the exhibitors… What did they spend on ‘Batman V Superman’ that they’re admitting to? And it’s a piece of sh*t.” (via CB)
But hey, everyone has the right to change their mind, right? Whatever Gibson decides, Warner courting him for a blockbuster film like Suicide Squad 2 is proof that he is no longer blacklisted in mainstream Hollywood, probably thanks to Hacksaw Ridge receiving numerous awards and nominations, including six Oscar nominations at the 89th Academy Awards. Welcome back Mr. Gibson.
We’ll keep you updated on this story as we learn more.