It may be something a postscript in the James Gunn story, but before extremist right-wing websites organized a character assassination of the Guardians of the Galaxy director in July, he was supposed to make an appearance at Comic-Con International: San Diego. As some may remember, his scheduled appearance was not to promote a Marvel Studios picture, but a horror film he produced for Sony. According to Screenrant, that film will debut this November. In June, the project was slated for a release on the 30th of that month.
The untitled horror film is said to feature Elizabeth Banks, Jackson Dunn, David Denman, Meredith Hagner, and Matt Jones. It is unclear how much involvement Gunn had in the picture, with comicbook.com suggesting his long-time collaborator David Yarovesky directed the project. But thanks to the malicious attack, intended to both give Disney pause and create a false equivalency with the corporation’s dismissal of Roseanne Barr over her far more recent and racist tweets, details about the film are hard to come by. Sony cancelled the Comic-Con presentation in light of the controversy.
Of course, the film, whatever it ends up being called, will have a tough time in the market. November will see the release of the Suspira remake, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The Grinch, Wreck-It Ralph: Ralph Breaks The Internet and The Nutcracker. That packed holiday calendar will leave the film grasping for an audience.
Not that Gunn’s fortunes are completely sunk. He is still negotiating his exit from Guardians with Disney as he was, technically, dismissed without cause. After that, rival studios are already looking to pick him up and use his skills for their less-than-stellar cinematic universes.
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