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.