It’s safe to say, 2018 has not been a fantastic year for James Gunn.
The Guardians of the Galaxy director faced the axe from Disney after the unearthing of some ancient Tweets earlier this year.
A decision that was met largely with discontent from the cast of the movie, pretty much all of whom slammed the company’s decision and called for his reinstatement to the third movie.
Dave Bautista even threatened to quit the franchise, should the studio not use the script that Gunn had submitted before his dismissal.
Their protests remained unsuccessful though.
Now the Gunn produced horror project BrightBurn has been pushed back from November 30 of this year to May 24, 2019, the beginning of the long Memorial Day weekend and one of the most coveted spots on the box-office calendar.
Whilst fans will be disappointed with the delay, it does reinforce Sony’s confidence in the movie in being pushed to such a sought-after release date.
It does mean the film will be pitted against a number of notable releases. Including Disney and Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin, as well as Warner Bros.’ video game adaptation MineCraft and Fox’s Stuber, fronted by Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista.
Details of BrightBurn have remained very hush hush, since leaving Guardians of the Galaxy, Gunn has remained away from the public eye, meaning no promotion has been in place for his upcoming movie. Something else that has likely influenced Sony’s decision to push the release date back.
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