BrightBurn Trailer: James Gunn Presents a Superhero Horror Movie

The trailer has arrived for the James Gunn-produced horror movie Brightburn. Gunn had originally intended to talk about the film at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and even released a poster ahead of time – one that prompted speculation that the movie is question is really a Bloodborne video game adaptation, no less. However, his appearance was later cancelled after Disney (infamously) fired him from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in the wake of old offensive joke tweets being uncovered from his Twitter account, just a day earlier.

For now, it looks like BrightBurn is an original horror project in the vein of Gunn’s scripts for The Belko Experiment and Slither (which he also directed), rather than a secret video game adaptation. The film itself was directed by David Yarovesky, who made his feature debut in 2015 with the sci-fi horror-thriller The Hive. He and Gunn have already worked together on multiple past occasions, including the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 “Inferno” music video (which Yarovesky co-directed), as well as the original Guardians of the Galaxy (where he played a “Goth Ravager”), and The Belko Experiment (which he was a post-production consultant on).

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While Gunn’s brother Brian and cousin Mark wrote the script for BrightBurn, it’s based on an idea that Gunn helped to develop, and has simply described as being “personal, and different, and perfectly suited for our times [and], yes, terrifying”. Thankfully, the trailer has now been released online and offers far more insight into the actual film. Check it out below, followed by the official synopsis.

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.

BrightBurn was originally scheduled to open in theaters on Friday, November 30, but Sony pushed it to May 24, 2019 after Gunn’s Disney firing, and moved The Possession of Hannah Grace up to take its place. The horror film is now positioned to serve as counter-programming to Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake and The Lost City of Z filmmaker James Gray’s space adventure, Ad Astra. While there’s also an untitled Blumhouse movie set to arrive a week after BrightBurn, the latter will mostly have the horror crowd to itself, when it premieres.

With the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 fiasco now (seemingly) in his rearview mirror, Gunn is moving onto greener pastures like DC’s new Suicide Squad movie and BrightBurn. The trailer suggests the latter is as twisted and darkly off-beat as Gunn’s previous ventures into the horror-thriller realm, but with perhaps even more of a personal touch and social aspect than a film like The Belko Experiment. (And that movie was already an ethics experiment by way of a bloody free-for-all.) Fans of the filmmaker will certainly want to watch out for this one when it hits theaters next year.

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Source: Sony Pictures

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