Mel Gibson has emerged as the unlikely front-runner to direct the Suicide Squad sequel.
The Hacksaw Ridge filmmaker is considering picking up where David Ayer left off, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Warner Bros. executives are reportedly courting Mel and sources claim he’s interested.
Last year’s (16) comic book blockbuster featured an all-star cast that included Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Cara Delevingne, and Will Smith. It was slammed by critics but still became one of the year’s biggest global box office hits, raking in $745 million (GBP598 million).
Robbie’s break-out role as Harley Quinn in the film has earned her a spin-off, Gotham City Sirens, which Ayer will direct.
Meanwhile, new dad Gibson is enjoying a personal high and professional rebirth after years of turmoil in his private life and career – Hacksaw Ridge, his biopic of conscientious objector Desmond Doss, has been nominated for six Oscars, including a Best Director mention for the moviemaker – his first in 21 years.