The film-maker, whose Hacksaw Ridge is nominated for six Oscars, may take over the reins on the superhero movie from David Ayer.
Mel Gibson may make a late move into superhero movies by directing the forthcoming sequel to Suicide Squad. Gibson, 61, is currently riding high after his commercial and critical hit, Hacksaw Ridge, was nominated for six Oscars.
Warner Bros are said to be in talks with Gibson to take over from David Ayer, who directed the first film, which met with mixed notices but took $746m worldwide. It starred Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto as a ragtag bunch of baddies forced into the government’s service.
The Hollywood Reporter quotes sources who say Gibson is familiarising himself with the material. Gibson’s renaissance after years in the industry doghouse was cemented by the news he’s joining Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg for the Daddy’s Home sequel, as well as collaborating with Vince Vaughn on a crime thriller about police corruption.
Mel Gibson and John Lithgow have closed deals to join Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home” sequel.
It had been previously reported that the studio was courting Gibson and Lithgow to play the fathers of Wahlberg and Ferrell respectively, and sources now say the deals have closed.
Plot details revolve around Wahlberg and Ferrell’s father and step-father characters working together to help raise Wahlberg’s kids from previous marriage. When Gibson and Ferrell’s fathers arrive for Christmas, the family dynamic is tested again — Gibson and Lithgow have their own ideas about how the kids should be raised.
Both actors are repped by CAA. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.