- HBO Now ordered an eight episode ‘Suicide Squad’ spinoff series based on DC Comics character Peacemaker starring John Cena, written and directed by James Gunn.
Ahead of the highly anticipated release of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad by next summer, HBO Max has given a straight-to-series order for Peacemaker, a spinoff revolving the DC Comics Peacemaker character, the master of weapons seen in the upcoming film. John Cena will reprise his role from The Suicide Squad movie to star in the series.
The action-adventure-comedy spinoff will explore the origins of the character, a man who believes in peace at any cost — no matter how many people he has to kill to get it.
Gunn, the film’s acclaimed director, will also write the eight episodes ordered for the show and will direct multiple episodes, including the pilot.
“Peacemaker is an opportunity to delve into current world issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world’s biggest douchebag,” Gunn said. “I’m excited to expand The Suicide Squad and bring this character from the DC film universe to the full breadth of a series. And of course, to be able to work again with John, Peter, and my friends at Warner Bros. is the icing on the cake.”
“I have said before that it has been a tremendous honor and an incredible opportunity to be part of The Suicide Squad and to work with James on what is going to be a fantastic movie,” Cena added. “I am unbelievably excited to have the chance to team up with him again for Peacemaker. We can’t wait for fans to see this.”
The series further expands the world Gunn is forming for The Suicide Squad, which is scheduled to release in theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures on August 6, 2021.
“James Gunn has the unique ability to create an expansive universe while also bringing to life the soul and wit of each character. We look forward to a deep dive into the world of Peacemaker,” said Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer for HBO and HBO Max.
Gunn and The Suicide Squad producer Peter Safran will serve as executive producers of the series based on the characters from DC, with Cena as co-executive producer. Peacemaker will be produced by Gunn’s Troll Court Entertainment and The Safran Company in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Peacemaker’s production is slated to begin in early 2021, prior to Gunn starting production on the next Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy film.