James Gunn’s Suicide Squad sequel hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but HBO Max has already ordered a TV spinoff based on John Cena’s Peacemaker role in the upcoming film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gunn is teaming with Cena for an action-adventure comedy series spinoff exploring the origins of the character.
The show was given a straight to series order from HBO Max. Warner execs are apparently high on the character due to Cena’s scene-stealing ways in early cuts of the film. Gunn will be writing all eight episodes of the show, as well as directing some of the episodes.
Cena commented on the news via Twitter, writing: “Working alongside [James Gunn] on #SuicideSquad was an absolute masterclass in how to best bring beloved characters to life in a new and fun way. I cannot wait for the #DCUniverse to experience more of absurdity that is the Peacemaker in this new project on [HBO MAX]!!!”
THR reports the goal is to have the show go into production in early 2021 before Gunn begins work on Marvel Studio’s third Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
The next Suicide Squad movie is set to be released on August 6, 2021.
I'm over-the-moon excited to be working on #PEACEMAKER with my pals @JohnCena & #TheSuicideSquad producer Peter Safran on this new @hbomax original series from @warnerbrostv @DCComics pic.twitter.com/EsAkOVXB44
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 23, 2020