Producer James Gunn Loves Horror Angle Of ‘Brightburn’
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 Sony Pictures Entertainment India’s BRIGHTBURN releasing on 24th May, producer James Gunn, the visionary filmmaker behind Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither, presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.An unforgettable origin story unlike any ever seen before, BRIGHTBURN stars acclaimed actress and filmmaker Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones and Meredith Hagner. The film is directed by David Yarovesky (The Hive) and written by Brian Gunn & Mark Gunn (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island).
At a time when comic book superheroes dominate the pop culture landscape, the filmmaking team of BRIGHTBURN saw a unique opportunity to use the long-held tropes of the genre and turn them on their head to create a terrifying horror film that would feel entirely new. The idea originated with the screenwriting team of cousins Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn. Together, they hit on the notion to tell an extreme story in which a couple’s worst fears about their child come true.
Writer, Director and Producer James Gunn, felt BRIGHTBURN was the perfect project for his production company, Troll Court.
“I love this movie because it is an entirely new take on the superhero genre,” James Gunn says. “It is something we have never seen before. It’s coming at the superhero movie from a pure horror angle. It’s also a more honest way of coming at the superhero myth because there’s something terrifying about the idea of a super-powered alien that would come to Earth. Tori thinks her son is going to bring glory to the world and help us, but that’s not necessarily the case. In every way we watch this movie, he is a ghost, he’s a demon child, and we treated the movie exactly like that.”
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