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Directed byDavid Yarovesky
Produced by
Written by
CinematographyMichael Dallatorre
Edited byAndrew S. Eisen
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • May 24, 2019 (2019-05-24) (United States)
CountryUnited States

Brightburn is an upcoming 2019 American superhero science fiction horror film produced by James Gunn and Kenneth Huang. It is directed by David Yarovesky from a screenplay by Mark and Brian Gunn, and stars Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones and Meredith Hagner. It is produced and financed by Screen Gems, Stage 6 Films, Troll Court Entertainment and The H Collective, and will be distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing.

Brightburn was announced as an "untitled James Gunn horror project" in December 2017, shortly before Gunn was forced out by Disney from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, only to be reinstated. Gunn was attached as producer, with his brother Brian and cousin Mark writing the script. Principal photography began in March 2018 and filming wrapped in May of that same year.

The film is scheduled for release in the United States on May 24, 2019.


"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? In this horrific take on the classic superhero trope, a couple (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) adopts a baby who came from the stars. While they attempt to raise the boy (Jackson A. Dunn) to use his powers for good, an evil begins to grow inside that he unleashes."



The film was announced in December 2017 as an untitled horror film with James Gunn as a producer, his brothers Brian and Mark writing the script, and David Yarovesky directing.[3]

In March 2018, Elizabeth Banks, Jackson A. Dunn, David Denman, Meredith Hagner and Matt Jones were cast, and filming began the same month.[4]


There were plans to promote the film at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con, but it was pulled at the last minute in the wake of James Gunn's removal from Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios.[5] On December 8, 2018, the first trailer for Brightburn was released online. Critics reviewed the trailer as a "Superman horror movie" due to the intentional similarities to Superman's origin story.[6][7] Fast Company states that "although it's not officially a Superman movie, it walks viewers through every step of Clark Kent's origin story before taking a hard left turn."[8][9]


Brightburn is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 24, 2019.[10][11] It was originally scheduled to be released on November 30, 2018.[12]


  1. ^ "Brightburn". Sony Pictures. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "Brightburn". Cinema Blend. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (December 14, 2017). "'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director James Gunn to Produce Horror Movie for H Collective". Variety. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  4. ^ Scott, Ryan (March 29, 2018). "James Gunn's New Horror Movie Cast Announced as Shooting Begins". MovieWeb. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  5. ^ Kupfer, Lindsey; Hood, Bryan (July 20, 2018). "Sony avoids mentioning James Gunn at Comic-Con presentation". Page Six. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  6. ^ Kreps, Daniel (December 8, 2018). "'Brightburn': See Terrifying Trailer for James Gunn's 'Superhero Horror' Film". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  7. ^ S. Good, Owen (December 8, 2018). "James Gunn's Brightburn looks like Superman as a horror story". Polygon.
  8. ^ Berkowitz, Joe (December 10, 2018). ""What if Superman was an evil kid?" asks this creepy-as-hell movie trailer". Fast Company. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  9. ^ Gogoi, Pallav. "The Dark Side of Superman - James Gunn's Brightburn adds an Evil Twist to DC's Most Powerful Superhero". Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (October 8, 2018). "James Gunn's Horror Movie 'BrightBurn' Moved to 2019". Variety. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  11. ^ Couch, Aaron; McClintock, Pamela (October 8, 2018). "Sony Pushes Back James Gunn Horror Movie to 2019". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  12. ^ Busch, Anita (March 7, 2018). "Elizabeth Banks And James Gunn Reunite For Horror Picture". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 10, 2018.

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