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Film Fanatic: Mel Gibson Linked to ‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel

Warner Bros. Eying Mel Gibson to Direct ‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel

If the critical and financial success of Hacksaw Ridge was a sign that Mel Gibson was slowly getting back in the good graces of Hollywood, then this story might be the official turning point.

According to THR, Warner Bros. is courting Gibson to direct the sequel to Suicide Squad. It’s such an outside-the-box choice that the studio is considering multiple candidates in case Gibson passes. The short list includes Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Life), Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies).

Suicide Squad arrived in theaters last August with much anticipation thanks to some phenomenal trailers. Unfortunately, the film was a hot mess of tonal shifts, useless characters and a villain doing her best Shakira impression.

Mel Gibson on the set of ‘Hacksaw Ridge.’ | (Summit)

But, the film still made more than $700 million worldwide and Warner Bros. desperately needs its cinematic DC Universe to turnaround so a sequel was quickly greenlit.

The potential for Gibson to direct the sequel is both random and intriguing simultaneously. On the one hand, he’s never been a director-for-hire. He’s made five films and with the exception of his debut, The Man Without a Face, he’s written and produced all of them.

The thought of him directing a giant superhero sequel for a studio just sounds unbelievable. But, a Gibson-led Suicide Squad sequel might just be an insanely inspired choice.

Gibson is actually insane and it shows in his work. Between Braveheart and Hacksaw Ridge, Gibson knows how to shoot kinetic and violent action sequences with precision and skill. Personally, I think Apocalypto is not only one of the most underrated films of the century, it’s one of the best action movies too.

The thought of him directing a band of misfit villains into battle is making more and more sense to me. He’s an established director who won’t be pushed around like David Ayer was when making the first Suicide Squad.

But take such potentially great news with a grain of salt when it comes to Warner Bros. and their DC film directors. Ben Affleck recently dropped out of directing The Batman and The Flash has already lost two and is in the process of finding a third.

It’s a mess right now over at Warner Bros. in regards to their superhero franchises and it might just take a bold move like hiring Mel Gibson to turn it around. Never thought I’d be thinking that.

 

Boyd Holbrook Reveals Details on ‘The Predator’

When I heard another Predator film was being developed and that Shane Black was hired to write and direct, I got really excited. We’ve seen four films featuring the alien creature since the fantastic original film arrived in 1987. While I’ve enjoyed most of them to some degree, none have come close to touching the original.

But someone like Black could recapture some of that greatness. Black himself appeared in Predator as Hawkins and he did some uncredited script polishing on the ’80s movie. But it’s his work after Predator that has me excited for The Predator.

Besides creating the Lethal Weapon franchise, he wrote underrated gems like The Last Boy Scout and Last Action Hero too. He’s gone on to become a great director having made Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Nice Guys.

The Predator will be rated R, the first since Predator 2 to carry that rating, and Black is the perfect choice to resurrect the franchise.

Shane Black knows this universe. | (deathandtaxesmag.com)

The plot of The Predator has been shrouded in mystery up to this point, but star Boyd Holbrook has revealed a few details regarding the tone while speaking with We Got This Covered.

“I’m currently working on Predator. It’s not a sequel; Shane Black has made something totally new, somehow keeping within the realm of Predator [while also being] absolutely new in terms of the story that we’re talking about today, and rooted in something real. It’s real fresh. I don’t think you’re going to see Schwarzenegger. It would kind of make it a gimmick. It’s horror, science-fiction and a western.”

The Schwarzenegger comment is interesting. Arnold at this point is a caricature of himself. He’s hosting The Apprentice, hocking mobile app games and endlessly using every catch phrase from his heyday. He’s never really been considered a real actor. But before, he was a movie star and now he’s just Arnold doing Arnold things.

To include him in The Predator would sort of seem distracting, but Black could pull it off. If you remember at the end of Predator, Arnold’s Dutch character is covered in mud and blood staring out of the helicopter. He was once this badass soldier who’d seen and done it all. Now he’s this broken man who realizes the game has changed.

That could be explored in a new Predator, but it sounds like Black is completely reinventing the property. Holbrook talking about the mix of genres isn’t surprising. Wether it’s the pulpy film noir mixed with action and comedy in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang or the exploitation/buddy-cop/comedy in The Nice Guys, Black loves to blend genres together.

We’ve been getting a slew of what I like to call “Has-been sequels” that have been marketed as nostalgia. From Jurassic World and Independence Day: Resurgence to Dumb and Dumber To, Zoolander 2 and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, most have not worked. But The Predator has the most potential to be great.

The Predator is scheduled to be released in theaters on February 9, 2018.

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