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"Suicide Squad" is getting a second life, and director James Gunn is getting a second chance.

Gunn, who was fired from "Guardians of the Galaxy 3" after offensive old tweets resurfaced, is in talks to direct a new "Suicide Squad," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Gunn was already writing the script for the film.

Warner Bros. recently set a release date for the movie: August 6, 2021 — six weeks after the Ben Affleck-less "The Batman."

The new "Suicide Squad" won't be a direct sequel to the 2016 anti-heroes team-up. Rather, it will be something of a relaunch. The first movie's cast of characters — including Harley Quinn, the Joker, Deadshot, and others — will likely not appear.

(Harley Quinn is spinning off to headline her own team-up movie, "Birds of Prey.")

Instead, Gunn's is reportedly taking the franchise in a new direction with a mostly all-new cast of characters and actors. And the tone of the second movie will be more in line with that of his "Guardians of the Galaxy."