James Gunn's surprise movie announcement during Sony Pictures' theatrical panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 is no longer happening. Gunn is a notable screenwriter who truly made a name for himself by writing and directing Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in 2017, both of which exist within the overarching Marvel Cinematic Universe. He even helped out with Anthony and Joe Russo's Avengers: Infinity War by creating some dialogue for his superhero team.
After Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hit theaters last year, Gunn quickly got started on drafting the script for his third and final Marvel film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is currently slated to hit theaters in 2020. However, due to Gunn's old, controversial tweets resurfacing online, Disney/Marvel Studios has now fired Gunn from the third Guardians film, and he's responded in a statement. But it seems like that isn't the filmmaker's only movie that's no longer moving forward, at least with him at the helm.
Variety reports that Sony Pictures has pulled James Gunn's movie announcement from their Hall H panel tonight at San Diego Comic-Con 2018. Gunn first teased the announcement last week, with speculation arising that the movie could either be a Berserk film or a Bloodborne video game movie adaptation - the latter being more likely considering the studio involved.
Video game movies are starting to make a comeback in Hollywood - even though they were never actually good - with several studios pursuing various movie and TV adaptations of classic properties. For instance, Warner Bros. Pictures has already released Tomb Raider and Rampage this year, with Sony Pictures in the early stages of development on an Uncharted film. Considering the image that Gunn posted on his Facebook account last week, it was assumed that he would be developing a Bloodborne film, which happens to be based on a video game published by Sony Interactive Entertainment exclusively for the PlayStation 4. However, it doesn't seem like that film - if it even was a Bloodborne adaptation - is happening anymore.
Disney's quick decision to fire Gunn shocked the industry, and that inadvertently forced Sony to can their announcement, which was slated to be one of the bigger stories coming out of their Comic-Con panel this year. What that means for the studio's relationship with the filmmaker as well as the status of that unannounced project remains unclear. Of course, it's possible, though unlikely, that Sony may still move forward with the announcement, just without Gunn's involvement. Revealing a new movie without any actual details isn't unheard of, especially for a convention like Comic-Con. Only time will tell, though.
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