Remember Brightburn? James Gunn’s gory Superman-inspired horror had a lot of buzz among comic book fans, but it didn’t attract much of an audience, earning just $33M overall. Fortunately, it was an inexpensive movie to make, and there have been talks of a sequel ever since. Well, now as producers The H Collective are launching a new company, H3 Entertainment, Brightburn 2 is one of their top priorities. However, there’s a catch that could rub people the wrong way.
Deadline reports that H3 Entertainment is moving forward on a Brightburn sequel. The 2019 film reimagined the Superman origin story, except the extraterrestrial grows up to be an evil psychopath. Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, and Jackson A. Dunn starred.
So here’s the thing; H3 plans to incorporate AI into the making of Brightburn 2. The plan is to use “new technology” including Web3, the Metaverse, and AI, at at time when two Hollywood strikes are going on with a major issue being the extensive use of AI in Hollywood.
Producers do say they will “respect professionals and fans while promoting responsible technology integration.”
At the very least this sounds like disastrous timing to make such an announcement. It’s also possible they’ll have trouble finding quality filmmakers who want to work on a movie that uses AI extensively. Then again, who knows? The original movie was directed by David Yarovesky from a script by James Gunn and his cousin Mark Gunn. At this time it does not appear that anyone is returning. Gunn has spoken about a sequel before, but that was years ago and we don’t know his thoughts on it now. You can bet he’ll eventually have something to say over social media.