Peacemaker: James Gunn Polishes Off First Draft Scripts for All 8 Eps

Earlier this month, we learned that James Gunn was starting up his mandatory quarantine time before kicking off production on HBO Max's Peacemaker, followed by news of four more names being added to The Suicide Squad spinoff series (more on that below). Well, it's two weeks later and guess what? Gunn's taken to Instagram to let everyone know that he's done his time and he loves being back in Vancouver. As for Peacemaker? Let's just say that having the first draft for all eight episodes of the series ready to go is a pretty impressive way to spend his time.

Peacemaker promo key art (Image: WarnerMedia)
Peacemaker promo key art (Image: WarnerMedia)

Here's a look at Gunn's post from earlier today:

 

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Steve Agee (Super, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Brightburn) will rejoin John Cena and Gunn when he reprises his film role of John Economos, a warden of Belle Reve Federal Penitentiary and an aide to Viola Davis' Amanda Waller (the actor also portrays Agee King Shark in the film). Danielle Brooks (Orange Is The New Black) joins the series as Leota Adebayo, with Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Perry Mason) in the role of Auggie Smith. Jennifer Holland (Brightburn, American Horror Story) reprises her film role of Emilia Harcourt, and Chris Conrad (Perpetual Grace, LTD., Patriot) takes on the role of Adrian Chase aka Vigilante.

"Peacemaker is an opportunity to delve into current world issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world's biggest douchebag," Said Gunn. "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." Gunn and The Suicide Squad producer Peter Safran will serve as executive producers, 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. The project is scheduled to begin production in early 2021, prior to Gunn's work on Marvel Studios' next Guardians of the Galaxy film.

Though specific details on the series are being kept under the same kind of wraps as the film, Peacemaker 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. "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," said Cena. "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."

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.

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