The Australian actor and director is reportedly one of four figures being courted by Warner Bros. to direct the "Suicide Squad" sequel, according to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
After being sidelined by Hollywood for several years, Mel Gibson is now once again being courted by major American movie studios. According to reports from specialist movie websites, Warner Bros. could be ready to hand him the director's role on "Suicide Squad 2," the sequel to the studio's DC Comics superhero movie that proved a box-office hit last summer, grossing $745M worldwide.
The Australian owes much of this dazzling Hollywood comeback to his latest feature film, "Hacksaw Ridge," nominated for six Oscars at this year's Academy Awards, to be held February 26. This war movie is notably up for the prestigious Best Picture prize, as well as bagging Gibson a nomination for Best Director -- two Oscars he previously won in 1996 for "Braveheart."
Confirming his reinstated status, Mel Gibson now appears to be inundated with projects. The actor is set to star in "Every Other Weekend" from French filmmaker Benjamin Rocher, as well as the "Daddy's Home" sequel with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, plus "Dragged Across Concrete" alongside Vince Vaughn.
Daniel Espinosa and Ruben Fleischer also being eyed
Warner Bros. has three other potential directors in its sight to take the helm of "Suicide Squad 2." Swedish director Daniel Espinosa -- whose recent work includes science-fiction movie "Life" with Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal -- is also reportedly being eyed, along with Ruben Fleischer ("Gangster Squad," "Zombieland") and Jonathan Levine ("Warm Bodies").
David Ayer, who directed the first "Suicide Squad" movie, is busy directing its spin-off "Gotham City Sirens," featuring a host of DC baddies, including Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie in the original.
Released in August 2016, "Suicide Squad" follows a team of DC Comics antiheroes, including The Joker, Harley Quinn and Deadshot, recruited by the US government for suicide missions. These dark, troubled and heavily armed characters were played by an impressive line-up of stars, including Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Cara Delevingne.