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James Gunn-Produced Horror Film ‘Brightburn’ Trailer Shows Alien Child With Sinister Intentions (Video)

Film starring Elizabeth Banks is set for release Memorial Day weekend on May 24, 2019

Last Updated: December 8, 2018 @ 1:25 PM

The trailer for “Brightburn,” the James Gunn-produced horror project was unveiled Saturday at Comic-Con Brazil and offers the first glimpse at the much-talked about movie.

“Brightburn” —  produced by Gunn, written and produced by Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn, directed by David Yaroevsky — stars Elizabeth Banks and David Denman, as a husband and wife who find a baby among the wreckage of a crashed alien ship. They raise the child as their own but soon discover he has powers that he uses to destroy.

Gunn was originally scheduled to talk about the film at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year but did not appear after old tweets resurfaced in which he made insensitive jokes about topics like rape and pedophilia. Ultimately, he was ousted from as director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.” (Gunn has since been  writing a sequel to “Suicide Squad” DC and Warner Bros.).

“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” said Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, in a statement at the time.

“Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo,” Gunn wrote in a series of tweets. “As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.”

The movie was originally slated to come out last week but Sony bumped it to Memorial Day weekend on May 24, 2019.

Watch the trailer above.