Comic-Con 2018: James Gunn Teases Movie Reveal [Update]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 won't be at Comic-Con, but its director will be.

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Update: Don't expect to learn anything about James Gunn's new project at SDCC after all. Disney has announced that Gunn has been fired from his role on Guardians of the Galaxy 3 after controversial tweets Gunn sent in the past resurfaced online. Gunn didn't deny writing them, instead apologizing and explaining his thought process. He had been expected to show up at the Sony Pictures panel at Comic-Con, but that now appears highly unlikely. The original story follows.

Marvel Studios is sitting out San Diego Comic-Con 2018, but that isn't stopping one of its most prominent directors from taking the stage in Hall H. James Gunn, the director behind the first two Guardians of the Galaxy films, is heading to Comic-Con with a secret film project.

The director first started teasing the Comic-Con reveal with an Instagram post. In it, Gunn writes, "I will see many of you at [San Diego Comic-Con] one week from today (Friday, 7/20) with something dark, sweet, and special." He followed that up with a mysterious tweet, which you can see below.

The image is presumably the logo for whatever project he's going to announce, but what's most important it the location and time he lists. Friday in Hall H at 6:15 PM PT, the Sony Pictures panel will begin. It was already announced that that particular panel will have new information about the upcoming Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movies.

While both are technically Marvel projects, neither is expected to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So don't expect Gunn to be associated with either of those. However, we have an idea about what his tweet could be referencing.

Though he has been very busy with writing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Gunn does have another project in the works. It was announced in December that the director would be stepping in to produce a horror movie script written by Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn--his brother and cousin, respectively.

A plot for the horror film has not been revealed, but it's quietly built a rather impressive cast. Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games), David Denman (Logan Lucky), Meredith Hagner (Ingrid Goes West), and Matt Jones (Breaking Bad) were all previously announced as being cast in the project, which is being directed by David Yarovesky, who has collaborated multiple times with Gunn.

Whether this is the project Gunn plans to unveil at Comic-Con or not, it's a movie horror fans should keep an eye on. After all, he's no stranger to the genre. In addition to writing the screenplay of the 2004 Dawn of the Dead reboot and 2016's The Belko Experiment, Gunn also wrote and directed the 2006 cult classic Slither.

For more about what to expect from this year's San Diego Comic-Con, make sure to check out our list of must-see panels, as well as the exclusives you'll want to buy from both Funko and Mondo.

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Scorch_22

Well! I saw the update pop up for this article, hoping to see if it really could be Berserk or Bloodborne, but nahh... James Gunn is just fired from Disney. What a twist!

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gamingdevil800

@Scorch_22: I'll be fuming if it is but he is getting kicked off the project...

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Scorch_22

@gamingdevil800: I agree, if this is Berserk or Bloodborne, the more I think about how this movie will be produced and developed, I would prefer to see it as far away from Disney or anyone associated with it. Instead give to a director like Alex Garland; or simply someone not afraid to direct bizarre subject material.

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Dark_Magic

It definitely looks similar to the Brand from Berserk lol.

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HiroArka

Is this going to be a Berserk live action movie o_o

Or a Bloodborne movie o_o

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IM_A_BIG_DB

@HiroArka: I would be down for either one. Needs to be R, good, dark and gritty though.

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lionheartssj1

@im_a_big_db: Definitely a hard R rating.

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maltnut

@HiroArka: I can't find a matching Rune, closest I saw is Heir. It's also close to a Brand, but not. Either way, my interest has been piqued.

Edit: Someone mentioned a comic "Nameless", It's a horror comic, and the symbol actually matches, so that may fit with what's been said here.

Berserk is too big to be a movie, it would need a Game of Thrones level adaptation to do it justice. And Bloodborne seems like it would be too arthouse with it's esoteric themes. I'm going to go with Nameless.

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AfroMakka

The sign looks like a rune sign from Bloodborne which Sony has as an exclusive to PS4 and it's kinda horror , man what if IT IS a Bloodborne movie , hope they don't ruin it