Suicide Squad 2: The Shallows' Jaume Collet-Serra New Frontrunner To Direct

It could be a King Shark attack movie.

Suicide Squad Jaume Collet-Serra
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A new name has been added at the top of the lengthy list of names linked with directing Suicide Squad 2: Jaume Collet-Serra.

The Spaniard gained critical acclaim for directing last year's shark attack horror movie The Shallows, which starred Blake Lively, after rising to prominence directing a slew of Liam Neeson action movies: Unknown, Non-Stop, and Run All Night. He also previously helmed the remake of Hose of Wax, and psychological thriller Orphan.

According to Deadline, Collet-Serra is the new favourite to direct the movie, which Warner Bros. are reportedly wanting to start shooting in spring next year. His name is the latest to be linked with the film, with previous reports suggest names like Mel Gibson, Guy Ritchie, Daniel Espinoza, Ruben Fleischer, and Jonathan Levine.

It's a pretty wide net they've been casting, and perhaps they've finally caught their man in Collet-Serra. He's obviously got experience when it comes to action, and a previous working relationship with Warner Bros - perhaps he can even get Liam Neeson on-board to star...

The first Suicide Squad movie - directed by David Ayer - received a critical mauling, but it did make enough at the box-office to convince Warners to greenlight a sequel. It's unclear what the line-up of the Squad will be second time around, though headlines names like Will Smith and Margot Robbie are expected to return.

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