This year’s San Diego Comic-Con is morphing into a fanboy film festival. Warner Bros./New Line is jumping into the mix and taking their horror production Lights Out down to the confab with a sneak preview on Wednesday, July 20 at 10PM at the UA Horton.
Directed by David F. Sandberg based on his short, Lights Out follows a young woman, who fends off a bloodthirsty supernatural being from herself and her half-brother, and in doing so, learns something about her family’s enigmatic past. Producer Lawrence Grey of Grey Matter discovered the short and brought it to James Wan to produce alongside him. Lights Out marks the feature directorial debut of Sandberg.
Paramount is also holding the world premiere tomorrow night for Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond at the Embarcadero Marina Park South. Both Star Trek Beyond and Lights Out open this weekend, and in regards to spiking any good word of mouth or excitement on social media, both Warner Bros. and Paramount couldn’t ask for a better platform than San Diego Comic-Con.
Also sneaking down at Comic-Con on Thursday night is a 5PM screening of Open Road’s Snowden at the UA Horton with Oliver Stone, Shailene Woodley, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Edward Snowden himself live via the internet. Sony also has Annapurna’s Seth Rogen-Evan Goldberg raunchy toon Sausage Party on Thursday night.
There couldn’t be a more obvious place to show off a horror film than Comic-Con. Universal/Blumhouse’s M. Night Shyamalan movie The Visit received such an upbeat response last year, they screened it twice. Also, in 2013, Lionsgate sneaked Adam Wingard’s You’re Next to Comic-Con attendees.