James Gunn

Development: Gunn's BrightBurn on hold; The CW bets on Charmed and Legacies; God Country heads for big screen

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Oct 9, 2018, 8:10 PM EDT

James Gunn’s recent change in plans may or may not be the reason, but Sony Pictures reportedly has pushed back one of his other anticipated projects: BrightBurn, the mysterious horror movie he's producing. With that title just revealed this week, the film's original premiere date was coming up fast at less than two months away.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has bumped BrightBurn from its originally-planned Nov. 30 release all the way to Memorial Day Weekend of next year, putting it up against Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake and Warner Bros.’ Minecraft movie. 

Fans of both superhero movie-verses were surprised earlier today by a report that Gunn, recently removed as director of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise in the wake of a Twitter controversy, is being eyed by DC and Warner Bros. to write and possibly direct a sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad.

Despite being so close to its initial targeted launch, not much is known about BrightBurn beyond its cast and creative team. The David Yarovesky-directed movie features Elizabeth Banks, Jackson Dunn, David Denman, Meredith Hagner, and Matt Jones, working from a script by Brian Gunn (James' brother) and Mark Gunn (his cousin).

BrightBurn will premiere on May 24 of next year.

The CW reportedly has just ordered additional episode scripts for Charmed and Legacies, demonstrating the network’s faith in the staying power of a pair of series that haven’t even launched yet.

Deadline reports that both shows received fresh script orders ahead of their debuts this fall, with the Charmed reboot receiving five additional script requests, and Legacies receiving three. 

Charmed reimagines (and renames) the three witchy sisters from the original TV series, pitching the campy drama-comedy toward present-day cultural sensibilities. Legacies picks up where The Originals (and The Vampire Diaries before it) left off, following the supernaturally-descended Hope Mikaelson through her adventures at the Salvatore Boarding School for gifted young vampires, werewolves, and witches.

Charmed is set to cast its first spell at The CW on Oct. 14; Legacies premieres on Oct. 25.

Finally, Image Comics’ graphic novel God Country appears to be heading toward a Texas-sized adaptation for the big screen. 

Deadline reports that Legendary Entertainment has picked up the film rights for the supernatural miniseries, written for the comics by Donny Cates and illustrated by Geoff Shaw. Cates (a writer for Marvel's Venom, Doctor Strange, and Thanos) reportedly is on board to write the screenplay. 

God Country puts a supernatural sword in the hand of its hero, an elderly late-stage Alzheimers sufferer named Emmett, transforming him from a man living out his last days in dusty west Texas into a badass, sharp-edged warrior whom the gods envy — and target — for possessing such a mighty weapon. 

Legendary hasn’t revealed additional development details for God Country, so stay tuned.