In March 2016, it was announced that Warner Bros. would bring Ayer and Smith back for a sequel, to be shot in 2017. The following month, Ayer expressed an interest in making the sequel R-rated. On December 13, 2016, The Hollywood Reporter announced that a Suicide Squad sequel is officially under development. On February 15, 2017, Mel Gibson, Ruben Fleischer, Daniel Espinosa, and Jonathan Levine are in talks to direct the sequel to Suicide Squad.  The next day, Variety's Justin Kroll tweeted that if Gibson wants to direct the sequel, it's his. Deadline reported that Juame Collet-Serra is the new frontrunner for the sequel with Smith and Robbie set to return. Zak Penn turned in the recent treatment of the film with the new script being written. Warner Bros hopes to have production on the film started by March of 2018  On September 6th, 2017 Gavin O'Conner has signed on to write and direct the film with Anthony Tambakis co-writing with him and production is hoping to start production in the Fall of 2018 due to the actors busy schedules.  On January 11, 2018, Michael De Luca was announced to have joined Suicide Squad as a producer with Charles Roven.