James Gunn is sticking around for more in the DC Universe. HBO Max has announced that the filmmaker is teaming up with John Cena for a Peacemaker TV series. The show will see Cena reprising his role from The Suicide Squad, which Gunn directed and is set to hit theaters next summer.
Details are largely being kept under wraps but the series will explore the origins of Peacemaker. HBO Max handed out a straight-to-series order of eight episodes for the first season of the show. Gunn, known best as the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy films, will write all eight episodes. He will also direct multiple episodes, including the first. Gunn and Peter Safran will serve as executive producers of the series, with Cena as co-executive producer.
While details are being kept under wraps, the series will explore the origins of the character that Cena will play in the upcoming film, a man who believes in peace at any cost – no matter how many people he has to kill to get it. The series will extend the world that Gunn is creating for The Suicide Squad movie, which is scheduled to be released in theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures on August 6, 2021.
“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 said. “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.”
“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,” sai Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer for HBO and HBO Max.
Peacemaker is scheduled to begin production in early 2021. It will happen before Gunn begins work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for Marvel.
The Suicide Squad is currently set to hit theaters on August 6, 2021.