'The Accountant' Director Tapped for 'Suicide Squad 2'

'The Accountant' Director Tapped for 'Suicide Squad 2'

Sep 07, 2017

Suicide Squad

In the summer of 2016, Suicide Squad introduced a new team of antiheroes to the DC cinematic universe. It proved to be a rip-roaring popular success, earning more than $745 million at the box office worldwide. Director David Ayer soon began working on a spin-off project, Gotham City Sirens, that would revolve around Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), leaving the inevitable Suicide Squad sequel in the hands of a director to be named later.

Reportedly, the candidates included Mel Gibson, Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Daniel Espinosa (Life) and Jonathan Levine (Snatched). In July we heard that Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows) was the front-runner for the job, but a short while later he dropped out of consideration, instead deciding to direct Disney's action-adventure movie Jungle Cruise, inspired by the theme park attraction and starring Dwayne Johnson.

Now Gavin O'Connor has been selected to direct Suicide Squad 2, according to Deadline. O'Connor previously directed The Accountant for Warner Bros. and it was a big enough hit that a sequel is in development, possibly with Ben Affleck returning to star and O'Connor once again behind the camera.

Before that happens, though, O'Connor will write a new version of the Suicide Squad 2 screenplay with his creative partner Anthony Tambakis. Other writers have been pitching their ideas for months, but evidently Warner Bros. and DC sparked to O'Connor's vision for the sequel.

The Accountant

O'Connor (above on the set of The Accountant with Affleck) made his feature directorial debut with Comfortably Numb back in 1995. Since then has built a fine reputation for writing and directing a series of character-based dramas, such as Pride and Glory and Warrior.

He stepped in on short notice to helm Natalie Portman's Western revenge drama Jane Got a Gun, while The Accountant showed he could handle a thriller as well. So it should be fascinating to see his vision of the characters and the action in Suicide Squad 2.

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