With Saturday schedule updates While TV beats film in sheer amount of Comic-Con product, the movies being previewed for 2018 and beyond are certainly no less prestigious. According to the confab’s schedule, we learned that Justice League, Ready Player One, Blade Runner 2049, Wonderstruck, Jigsaw, Kingsman The Golden Circle, and Brigsby Bear are among the newly announced pics headed for San Diego.
On the downside: Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi is skipping San Diego, but will have a presence the weekend prior in Anaheim at the studio’s fan confab D23. During the spring the sequel also had a footprint at Star Wars Celebration.
Back in April, Marvel chief Kevin Feige confirmed that the MCU was headed to Comic-Con, and that session is scheduled for Saturday, 5:30PM in Hall H. Marvel is known to show off clips from its next year’s slate — with a few surprises. They showed off extensive Black Panther footage to the press already, so we can count on that pic which comes out February 16. Other smart bets include Thor: Ragnarok (November 3) and Avengers: Infinity War (May 4). Will we get to see clips from Ant-Man And The Wasp (due out July 6) and Captain Marvel (March 8, 2019)? Also what does the future hold for the next swarm of MCU titles following Infinity War, Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 and Captain Marvel?
On Saturday morning Warner Bros is bringing its DC universe with Justice League and Aquaman and then some including Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner 2049.
Among those studios sitting out Comic-Con panel-wise are Paramount, Blumhouse and Sony however, the latter is throwing a Dark Tower themed party on Thursday with director Nikolaj Arcel in attendance. The feature adaptation of the Stephen King novel opens on Aug. 4. Among those studios screening films are Netflix,Focus Features’ July 28 spy thriller Atomic Blonde and New Line’s The Conjuring spinoff sequel Annabelle: Creation. But as far as a huge premiere like last year’s Star Trek Beyond? Don’t think so.
Here’s the running list of best film bets. Keep coming back as we add events.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19
Annabelle: Creation screening
Westfield Horton Plaza
Q&A following with director David F. Sandberg and stars Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson and Anthony LaPaglia.
THURSDAY, JULY 20
Musical Anatomy of a Superhero
10AM, Indigo Ballroom at Hilton Bayfront
Panelists: Film composers Mark Isham (Cloak & Dagger), Marco Beltrami (Logan, Wolverine), Ludwig Goransson (Black Panther, Death Wish), Brian Tyler (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Power Rangers), David Russo (Gotham), Lorne Balfe (Lego Batman Movie) and moderated by Ray Costa of Costa Communications.
Ghostbusters 101: A Ghostbusters Panel Of Biblical Proportions!
10:15 AM, Room 6DE
Panelists: Creator Ivan Reitman and he IDW Publishing’s Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening and Tom Waltz.
Wonderstruck: From Page To Screen With Brian Selznick
11 AM, Room 5AB
Panelists: Brian Selznick on behind the scenes of movie adaptation of his book Wonderstruck, directed by Todd Haynes.
20th Century Fox presentation
11:30 AM, Hall H
Panelists: Kingsman The Golden Circle session will definitely happen…but could Deadpool 2 or the upcoming X-Men iterations skip?
Sony Pictures Classics’ Brigsby Bear
12:45 PM, Hall H
Panelists: Kyle Mooney, Dave McCary, Beck Bennett, Kevin Costello and members of The Lonely Island. Exclusive extended clip expected.
Netflix’s Bright and Death Note
3:15 PM, Hall H
Panelists: Director David Ayer and stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry and Edgar Ramirez will be on hand for the Max Landis-penned sci-fi pic Bright. Director Adam Wingard and stars Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley and LaKeith Stanfield will attend panel on the streaming service’s adaptation of the famed Japanese manga, Death Note.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie
6:45 PM, Room 6A
Panelists: Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña and Zach Woods and producer Dan Lin.
Netflix Surprise Screening
10 PM, The Horton Grand Theater
FRIDAY, JULY 21
Behind the Battle: War For The Planet Of The Apes
Halon Entertainment presents a deep dive behind the artistic and technical visual effects tour de force War for the Planet of the Apes. VFX producer and film co-producer Ryan Stafford, previs and postvis supervisor A. J. Briones, and Halon Entertainment lead/sup Casey Pyke will take the audience through the process of creating the monumental battle between Caesar and the army of humans that will determine the fate of both of their species and the planet.
Stan Lee and Friends: A Celebrity Tribute to the Comics Legend
An intimate Q&A with the 95-year-old Marvel legend led by Felicia Day, Mythbuster Adam Savage, and Lee’s longtime manager Max Anderson. The panel will also premiere footage from Icons: Face to Face, a cutting-edge VR project featuring Stan and Kevin Smith, coming soon from Legion M, the first fan-owned media company.
Reinventing Horror: What’s Next in Film and Comics
5-6PM, Room 23ABC
Panelists: Jigsaw directors Peter and Michael Spierig as well as Justin Benson & Aaron Moorehead (The Endless, Spring directors/writers), Roxanne Benjamin (XX, Southbound director/writer), Matteo Pizzolo (CalExit writer, Black Mask Studios publisher), Bryan Edward Hill (Postal writer, Top Cow editor, screenwriter) and more.
SATURDAY, JULY 22
Warner Bros Presentation: Ready Player One, Blade Runner 2049 and Justice League
11 AM, Hall H
Panelists: Ready Player One: Director Steven Spielberg along with author/co-screenwriter Ernest Cline, co-screenwriter Zak Penn and cast Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and T.J. Miller. Blade Runner 2049: Cast Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Lennie James and Mackenzie Davis joined by writers Hampton Fancher and Michael Green and director Denis Villeneuve. Justice League: Cast Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher; sneak peek at Aquaman expected.
Production Designer: Architect of Information
Panelists: Françoise Audouy (Logan, Dracula Untold), Hannah Beachler (Moonlight, Black Panther), Oliver Scholl(Spider-Man: Homecoming, Suicide Squad), and Patrick Tatopoulos (Justice League, Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice), moderated by John Muto (Home Alone, Species)
Entertainment Weekly‘s “Women Who Kick Ass” panel with Atomic Blonde‘s Charlize Theron
2 PM, Hall H
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return
Horton Grand Theatre
Creator Joel Hodgson and cast members Felicia Day, Jonah Ray, Hampton Yount, and Rebecca Hanson take you behind the scenes.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
Lineup will be full of surprises.
Bold Voice of Contemporary Horror
Panelists: Elijah Wood (Spectrevision), Mette Marie Kongsved (XYZ Films), Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson (The Endless—Tribeca 2017 premiere, Spring), Mickey Keataing (Psychopaths—Tribeca 2017 premiere, Darling), Marianna Palka (Bitch—Sundance 2017 premiere),
Lloyd Kaufman and special guests discuss topics including the premiere of Return to Return to Nuke ‘Em High at the Cannes Film Festival and Troma’s upcoming motion picture adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
SUNDAY, JULY 23
TBA, but typically it’s not a film day.