In August, following James Gunn‘s firing by Disney after some old, offensive tweets surfaced, it was revealed that the director of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movies had produced a secret horror movie and that it was due in theaters in November. Gunn was scheduled to appear at San Diego Comic-Con in July to discuss the film, but the Twitter leak happened just as the show was kicking off, forcing Gunn to cancel any public appearances. Now, the title of the picture has been revealed, ‘BrightBurn’, but this news comes along with the announcement that this picture has been pushed to May 24, 2019. Sony is releasing another horror movie, ‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’ in ‘BrightBurn”s original November 30, 2018 spot.
The first movie that Gunn directed was the 2006 horror flick ‘Slither’. (This was, sadly, around the time of the unfortunate tweets, when he was hustling to make a name for himself.) He stayed connected to horror by writing and producing the 2016 sleeper hit ‘The Belko Experiment.
Gunn did not direct ‘BrightBurn’. He is simply producing, via his production company The H Collective. The script was written by his brother Brian and their cousin Mark. The picture was directed by David Yarovesky, who directed the 2015 horror movie ‘The Hive’ as well as ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Inferno’, the disco music video starring David Hasselhoff that was included on the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2’ Blu-ray release.
Elizabeth Banks, who starred in ‘Slither’, appears in ‘BrightBurn’, along with her ‘Power Rangers’ costar David Denman. The cast also includes Steve Agee (‘Superstore’), Meredith Hagner (‘Search Party’), Jenifer Holland (‘Sun Records’), and Matt Jones (‘Mom’). The plot to ‘BrightBurn’ is a mystery, but with several months before its release, there is plenty of time for information to surface.
In addition to ‘BrightBurn’, it was just announced that Gunn is writing the script for Warner Brothers’ ‘Suicide Squad 2’. He will also retain his executive producer credit on ‘Avengers 4’ and Marvel reportedly planned to keep his draft for the script for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3’.
Source: The Wrap