Report: SUICIDE SQUAD 2 Director Frontrunner Drops Out For JUNGLE CRUISE

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Updated July 31, 2017: Jaume Collet-Serra is out of the running for Warner Bros.'s Suicide Squad 2, opting instead to direct Walt Disney Pictures' live-action Jungle Cruise movie, according to Deadline. Collet-Serra was previously reported to be the studio's top choice to follow writer/director David Ayer's Suicide Squad, but apparently hadn't yet signed on.

Although the director hasn't yet oficially withdrawn from Suicide Squad 2 consideration, the Hollywood trade said that Collet-Sera sees Jungle Cruise (with actor Dwayne Johnson) an opportunity "to originate a new Indiana Jones-like action-adventure franchise in lockstep with one of the most globally bankable film stars" better than doing a sequel to someone else's film.

Original Story: Jaume Collet-Serra is the frontrunner to direct Warner Bros.'s Suicide Squad sequel, according to Deadline. The Spanish horror director is reportedly the studio's top choice, following earlier reports of candidates including Mel Gibson, Jonathan Levine, and Ruben Fleischer.

For Suicide Squad 2, both Will Smith and Margot Robbie are expected to reprise their roles as Deadshot and Harley Quinn, respectively. David Ayer, who wrote and directed the original film, has segued into another DC Films project - Gotham City Sirens, fronted by Robbie's Harley Quinn.

Collet-Serra is currently in post-production on the Lionsgate film The Commuter, starring Liam Neeson and Vera Farmiga.

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