Sony has revealed both the name and the updated release date of Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker James Gunn’s latest horror film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The company revealed that the film, which has been titled BrightBurn, has been pushed back to May 24, 2019, from its original planned release date of November 30th of this year. This move puts the film’s release at the start of Memorial Day weekend, which is one of the most coveted spots for Hollywood releases.
Such a move indicates that the company is confident in the movie, despite the lack of marketing materials. It will open against Warner Bros. adaptation of the popular video game MineCraft, Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin, and Fox’s Stuber starring Dave Bautista from Gunn’s massively successful Guardians of the Galaxy series.
No plot details were released so far for the film, which will star Elizabeth Banks (who previously starred in Gunn’s horror-comedy Slither). Directing duties will be given to David Yarovesky (The Hive), and the script will be written by Gunn’s brother Brian and cousin Mark (both of whom having written Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and its upcoming sequel). Gunn himself will only serve as producer.
The film has been a complete mystery, thanks partially to the scandal Gunn found himself in earlier this year, wherein Disney fired Gunn from directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 due to a series of offensive tweets he made many years ago.
Gunn himself has stayed largely behind the scenes following the controversy. He was scheduled to promote the film in July during the San Diego Comic-Con, the news of his firing caused these plans to fall through. Thanks to Sony’s move, this gives Gunn more time to focus his efforts on promoting the film.
On top of this news, Sony announced that BrightBurn‘s original November 30 release date will now be given to their horror film The Possession of Hannah Grace. The company also revealed the release dates of other upcoming films, such Deon Taylor’s The Intruder (which will open on April 26, 2019) and the comedy film Holmes & Watson (which has been pushed back to December 25 this year).