David Ayer Eyeing Warner Bros.' 'Suicide Squad' (Exclusive)

David Ayer - P 2014
<p>David Ayer - P 2014</p>   |   AP Images/Invision
DC property centers on supervillains with a chance for redemption

David Ayer, the gritty filmmaker whose World War II tank drama Fury hits theaters next month, is circling Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment project Suicide Squad.

The project had been in development with Justin Marks attached to write for a couple of years, but sources say it was put on the back burner when focus turned to Warner Bros.' other DC Entertainment property Justice League.

The Suicide Squad team, also known as Task Force X, was created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru, and first appeared in Brave and the Bold No. 25. It centers on the characters Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn.

The DC property about convicted supervillains who have a chance to redeem themselves through dangerous missions has been in the works for some time at Warner Bros. Marks wrote a script in 2011. Sources say Warner Bros. started looking for a director earlier in 2014.

Chuck Roven is producing.

Warner Bros. had no comment, but the studio recently announced a slew of dates for unnamed DC projects, so it's likely that Suicide Squad would take one of those slots. Zack Snyder's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016.

Ayer wrote and directed Fury, which stars Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf. It hits theaters on Oct. 17. His previous films include Sabotage and End of Watch. He's repped by CAA and Sloane, Offer.

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