Elizabeth Banks, James Gunn Together Again For Upcoming Horror Flick
Pitch Perfect 3 actress Elizabeth Banks and Guardians of the Galaxy producer James Gunn is reunited in a horror movie titled Brandenburg to be produced by H Collective and Gunn's production house, Troll Court Entertainment.
Plans to produce Brandenburg were announced November last year, and production is slated to start in the spring. Gunn and Banks' first project together was the 2006 horror-comedy Slither with Nathan Fillion.
"Elizabeth and I have been on the same artistic page since we first met when she auditioned for Slither back in 2005," Gunn said.
"She's since remained one of my best friends in the world, and I've been fighting tooth and nail to work with her again. She's the perfect partner to Yarvo, the H Collective and myself in creating this very special project," he added.
Although Slither was received fairly positively by fans and critics, the movie grossed $12.8 million, lower than its $15 million production budget. About 63 percent of moviegoers liked it with an overall rating of 6.9 on Rotten Tomatoes.
This new project together will mark the 12 years since Gunn and Banks worked together. Dave Yarovesky, who directed The Hive in 2015, will be the one to direct the movie. Gunn's brother, Brian, and cousin, Mark, are co-writers of Brandenburg.
Details of the new horror flick remain unclear, but reports have stated that the Brandenburg's story will feature a family living in Kansas. The team already started the pre-production phase last week, and official photography starts March 26th.
Critically Acclaimed Tandem
Banks, 44, is known for her roles in The Hunger Games, Power Rangers, Spider-Man, and The LEGO Movie. She also starred in independent flicks like Love and Mercy and Wet Hot American Summer, which earned the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actor and the Hollywood Film Award for Best Actor respectively.
Banks also starred in the Seabiscuit (2003) as Marcela, who is the second wife of the lead character, Charles Howard. The film is set during the Great Depression when Charles engages in horse racing. His horse, Seabiscuit, is an atypical choice, but he sees something in it that would transform his life.
Seabiscuit is given the American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases.
Meanwhile, Gunn is responsible for one of Marvel's most successful franchises, the Guardians of the Galaxy. The film garnered more than $1.6 billion sales in theaters worldwide, making Gunn among the most coveted filmmakers in the country.