James Gunn's Suicide Squad movie will be a 'total reboot'

Idris Elba has already been tapped to take over the role of Deadshot from Will Smith.

Filmmaker James Gunn's planned Suicide Squad sequel will be a "total reboot" of the supervillain franchise, according to producer Peter Safran.

The brains behind the Guardians of the Galaxy movies was hired by Warner Bros. bosses to write and direct the follow-up to the 2016 blockbuster in October (18), but reports recently suggested he would be giving the comic book adaptation an overhaul after David Ayer's version was critically mauled, even though it made almost $750 million (£565 million) at the global box office.

Now producer Safran, who worked on DC Comics films Aquaman and the upcoming Shazam!, has gone one step further, confirming that Gunn's take on the group of misfit villains will completely revamp the brand.

"First of all, we don't call it Suicide Squad 2 'cause it's a total reboot," he told movie news site JoBlo.com. "So it's The Suicide Squad, and I think people should be extremely excited about it.

"It's everything you would hope from a James Gunn script and I think that says a lot and that promises a lot, and I know that we will deliver a lot."

Safran's comments emerge weeks after it was claimed that Will Smith will not be reprising his role as anti-hero Deadshot, leading Gunn to reach out to Idris Elba to take on the part.

He is currently in negotiations for the gig, which would team him with actress Margot Robbie, who is expected to return as Harley Quinn.

The forthcoming film is said to feature a whole new gang of supervillains, with Deadshot and Quinn the only main characters from the 2016 release to be involved in the next outing.

Gunn will begin production on the Suicide Squad project in the coming months, ahead of an August, 2021 release, before heading back to work with Disney and Marvel studio executives for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

He was reinstated as director last week (ends15Mar19), following his initial dismissal in July (18), after controversial mean tweets he sent years ago resurfaced.

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