Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s Comic-Con coverage. This year’s event runs July 12-15.
Ever since 20th Century Fox showed the naked wrestling scene from Borat a few years ago at Comic-Con, the convention has been a lot stricter about R-rated clips, and companies like The Weinstein Co. and Lionsgate have scheduled off-site events for edgier genre fare such as Machete and the later Saw sequels. But when an icon of pop culture asks for a panel at the biggest pop-culture convention, well, you give Quentin Tarantino a Saturday slot in Hall H to show Django Unchained clips. Cast members who’ll attend were not announced in the Saturday lineup posted today. That may mean they probably don’t know if Jamie Foxx’s schedule will allow it for sure (last time I remember him coming down was for Stealth. Remember that one?). Similarly, the special guests for Marvel’s Iron Man 3 panel also remain anonymous so far, though I’ll be amazed if Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t show up, as he tends to make appearances every year. Expect that Marvel panel to also show something for Thor 2, and maybe make a more formal announcement about Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man and the Russo brothers’ Captain America sequel.
The Warner Bros-Legendary panel is shaping up as the must-see of the show, with footage from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Zack Snyder’s Superman movie Man Of Steel the obvious draws, and Pacific Rim (aka Guillermo del Toro’s “giant fucking monsters against giant fucking robots”) likely to please. Rumors have been circulating that there may be another giant monster in the house, as Legendary has a Godzilla remake in the pipeline. It would also be a big deal if they announced anything about the movie based on the Mass Effect video games, mentioned as being in development last year, and hugely anticipated by gamers. Guests for this panel, again, are not yet confirmed, but Snyder can never stay away from the Con, and we’d be amazed if Henry Cavill didn’t tag along.
There’s always one studio that tries piggybacking a movie which isn’t much of a fit on top of another, and this year it’s Open Road Films, who have the Silent Hill 3D sequel — which is a potential hit with the gamer-horror crowd who generally liked the first one — and End Of Watch, which isn’t. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as cops in South Central … unless they’re fighting ghosts or monsters (and they aren’t), this is just gonna play generically. If Open Road is smart, they’ll open with this to get people to stay for Silent Hill.
Columbia Pictures’ After Earth is a sci-fi epic starring Will Smith and Jaden
Smith, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, but neither of them are scheduled to come. Instead, screenwriter Gary Whitta and D.P. Peter Suschitzky will participate in a panel that also discusses the upcoming comic book, and takes place upstairs in regular-sized room 6A. Unusual move, but could be rewarding for those who skip the Hall H experience. As usual, Saturday will close out with Kevin Smith free-form yakking for two hours, and the Masquerade Ball.