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In spite of COVID, James Gunn says THE SUICIDE SQUAD and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 are still on track

They're far enough out that the pandemic's affects won't reach them.

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As just about every film faces delays and every theater is forced to close, director James Gunn has some promising news. On Twitter this weekend, taking questions and chatting with fans, he assured folks that both of his upcoming cape movies – The Suicide Squad and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – would still be released on schedule.

Gunn’s take on DC’s supervillain crew is slated for an August 6, 2021 release date – well away from anymore coronavirus complications and theater closures. The Suicide Squad’s timing (and likely a bit of luck) saved it in this regard. Gunn announced that filming wrapped on February 28 – just a few weeks before the U.S. began to see the domino affect of COVID closures beginning with the NBA’s cancellation and Tom Hanks’ diagnosis. That meant that the production team was at a point where it could feasibly begin work from home, and wouldn’t be stopped dead in its tracks.

Gunn says The Suicide Squad production team is “on or ahead of schedule,” thanks to the its quick adaptation to work from home editing. He does mention, though that some other aspects as far as marketing are hitting some snags, including image and trailer releases.

The Suicide Squad stars Alice Braga, Michael Rooker, Joaquin Cosio, Mayling Ng, Sean Gunn, Jennifer Holland, Juan Diego Botto, Tinashe Kajese, Julio Ruiz, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi Nathan Fillion, Steve Agee, Peter Capaldi, and Flula Borg.

And, in spite of Disney’s massive schedule changes following Black Widow’s new debutGunn also says his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will remain unaffected – perhaps because it was never on the schedule in the first place. While just about every other film on the MCU docket was shuffled back a slot to make room for Black WidowGuardians 3 is likely far enough out that any rescheduling ripples won’t reach it, and early enough in production that shooting won’t begin until after the pandemic reaches its end.

For more, check out the director’s tweets below.