Guy Ritchie would be down to enter the DC comics movie. In an interview with on Friday, the director revealed he’d like to direct the Suicide Squad sequel but work schedules stopped him from it.
Ritchie’s epic fantasy film, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword premieres on May 12. He’s also busy with an upcoming Disney project. Bullocks, a Ritchie’s Suicide Squad would nail it, for sure.
The upcoming sequel is looking for the right director
Last year Suicide Squad grossed $745 million worldwide. The success of the movie gave the studio a green light to explore more of these bad guys universe and they went quite enthusiastic about it, leaving the sequel without writer and director.
David Ayer, Suicide Squad’s director, is busy directing a Gotham City Sirens Movie, there’s also a possible Deadshot spin-off. With all these Suicide Squad related projects the studio found the sequel without a director.
However, Warner Bros. has reportedly been weighing the talent in the industry to come around with the sequel director Mel Gibson, Ruben Fleischer, Jonathan Levine, and Jaume-Collet Serra have all been reached for the project, though none of them has signed yet.
While rumors head to Mel Gibson taking on the anti-hero sequel, it turns out the studio approached another director as well and is no less than Guy Ritchie.In a Variety interview, while he was promoting his upcoming film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, he hinted about the studio approaching him before he signed on to another project.
“I quite fancy doing ‘Suicide Squad 2,’ because I thought I could do a good job with it,” he said. “I can’t do it because I’m doing something else. But I’ve felt I could really do something with that.”
Though he’d love to direct Task Force X, he’s already pretty packed with projects. Which is a bummer considering how much of a bad-ass choice he’d be for a project like this.
Considering Ritchie’s long-standing and successful relationship with Warner Bros, a project like this would be quite interesting as he would be able to maintain his unique directing style. Which he proved in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
While we still don’t know who will direct the anticipated sequel, we do know that Adam Cozad, The Legend of Tarzan, will be penning the script.Even when Ritchie isn’t able to direct the sequel, he might still get his hands on Suicide Squad 3 or another related movie, as the studio has at least 12 related projects.
Richie picked Aladdin over Harley Quinn
The project that prevented Ritchie from taking Suicide Squad 2 is Disney’s live-action Aladdin film. The movie is expected to be released within the next year or two. According to Disney, the film will be unlike anything they have ever done. So, we have Jon Favreau’s Jungle Book, and Guy Ritchie’s Añaddin. Damn.
In a Vulture interview, Disney’s Sean Bailey said, “Guy became interested in doing a Disney movie and we talked a lot about it. When we talked about Aladdin, he said, ‘My stories are really about street hustlers. That’s what I know how to do. And Aladdin is a classic street hustler who makes good.’ Guy’s got his own version of that story in his life. But he wanted to honor and respect the Disney of it all. We never want to feel like we have a playbook to these things because we worry it’ll make us creatively complacent. The idea of a highly energized Guy Ritchie Disney musical felt like, Oh, we haven’t done that before.”
The movie is right now beginning to cast and Will Smith has been in talks for the Genie. The shooting will begin this summer.
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Guy Richie’s upcoming releases
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword premieres on May 12. The movie is a Warner Bros. production bringing back an epic figure that keeps inspiring film and television projects.
“It didn’t occur to me that it was a dusty or unexciting title,” Ritchie said to Variety. “To me I fancy the challenge of — a bit like ‘Sherlock Holmes’ — I thought, ‘Oh, I’m familiar with that. I think I can do something with that.’”
Well, the movie is a very much Ritchie film with his trademark aesthetic and an awesome spin on the well-worn material. Ritchie faced the challenge of portraying an epic and almost worn out character and giving him a fresh touch.
“It was a challenge,” Ritchie says. “[Could] I go into the epic fantasy genre and create something that feels different and fresh? My principal concern was, ‘Would it translate — my vision, if you will — or would it congest the experience?’”
Here’s the synopsis, “When young Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down, and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy whether he likes it or not.”
Expect no less than a bad-ass movie for this bad-ass director.