Guardians Of The Galaxy's James Gunn to take charge of Suicide Squad sequel
James Gunn has signed up to write the sequel to Suicide Squad.
The writer and director's move comes after he departed the third instalment of Guardians Of The Galaxy earlier this year.
Gunn, who had directed both previous instalments of the hit Marvel adaptation, was removed from his role after offensive tweets were discovered from earlier in his career. It appears he has now crossed the floor and joined DC from Marvel.
According to The Wrap, Gunn's movie will not be a straight sequel, but a completely new take on the characters and story. He is also in line to direct the movie.
It had been thought that Gavin O'Connor, director of The Accountant and Warrior, will direct the sequel to Suicide Squad. But he has now left the project.
Suicide Squad are a gang of villains and criminals, who are put together and forced by the US government into service as a disposable black ops team. They are led by a government operative Dr Amanda Waller.
In their 2016 debut, Will Smith led the way as Deadshot, with Jared Leto playing The Joker and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. It also features The Wolf Of Wall Street's Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Jai Courtney as Boomerang, with Viola Davis playing Waller.