Having made a ton of money for Disney and Marvel Studios by directing two Guardians of the Galaxy flicks, one could say that James Gunn is currently a hot commodity. Still, he hasn’t forgotten where he came from and will soon return to the genre where he first made his mark, that being horror.
Earlier this week, we reported that a reunion of sorts is in the cards, this time involving the writer/director and actress Elizabeth Banks. Having previously starred in Gunn’s directorial debut, 2006’s Slither, she’ll again take part in one of his upcoming projects. And while we don’t know what the horror movie will be titled or what it’ll be about, it has been confirmed that Gunn will produce, with David Yarovesky (The Hive) set to direct.
Now, taking to Facebook as he so often does, Gunn has shared a bit more about what he’s got planned for us, calling the film both “terrifying” and “different.”
“Many of you know Elizabeth Banks has been one of my close friends ever since she starred in my directorial debut Slither (2006 movie). What most of you don’t know is that we have tried repeatedly to team up again since that time – or, more accurately, I have tried to get her to do something in almost every movie I’ve made since then, but the project was never exactly right for her.
But about a year ago my brother Brian, my cousin Mark, director David Yarovesky, producer Simon Hatt and I started coming up with an idea for a horror film that excited me in a way nothing outside of Guardians has in years – it was personal, and different, and perfectly suited for our times. And, yes, terrifying.
After my friends over at H Collective agreed to partner up with us, I knew I finally had the right project for Elizabeth. I cannot wait to tell you guys more about it, but we’re going to keep the specifics on the DL for the time being.
But I will tell you, we start shooting in less than a month!”
Gunn’s enthusiasm for the project is great to hear and being one of the more candid and honest people in the industry, we’re inclined to believe that he’s got something special on his hands. It’s also interesting how he notes that the film is “perfectly suited for our times,” implying that it’ll have some kind of social commentary to it, perhaps?
Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like we’ll be learning anything further about the project for a while, but if you’re a horror fan and are looking for something that’ll put a fresh spin on the genre, whatever James Gunn’s got in store for us might just be right up your alley.
As always, watch this space for more.