San Diego, California: Saturday at Comic Con usually means exciting reveals and exclusive, first time screenings of trailers and footage from upcoming Warner Brothers films. This year, they rolled out six big projects for the audience at Hall H.
In order of release dates they are:
Gravity: Directed by Alfonso Cuaron with only two cast members: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. A medical engineer and an astronaut go on a spacewalk. And as we see from the trailers (which have been screening in Manila already), a terrifying mishap changes everything. How on earth (or more appropriately, in space) are things going to play out? (October 4)
Seventh Son: Directed by Sergei Bodrov with Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Kit Harington and Antje Traue. I think a lot of my younger female friends are going to like that Prince Caspian (Narnia) and Jon Show (Game of Thrones) are going to be in it. I actually got this confused with the movie version of Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card who wrote Ender’s Game. Apparently, the book the film is based on is The Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney.
This is a fantasy film based on that premise that the seventh son of a seventh son is supposed to be powerful and magical. In this case, he is mankind’s hope for battling the wrath of an evil queen. Joining Helena Bonham Carter, Charlize Theron, Sigourney Weaver and Angelica Houston in the league of evil queens is Julianne Moore. Evil queens are awesome. (January 17)
The Lego Movie: Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller with the voices of Will Ferrell, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman. Everyone’s child or inner child is looking forward to this one. Big stars voice a cast of minifigures and if you think the Superman-Batman movie sounds exciting, The Lego Movie has a jump on it with not just the Superman (Channing Tatum) and Batman (Will Arnett) minifigures, they’ll also have Wonder Woman (Colbie Smulders) and the Green Lantern (Jonah Hill) in the cast mix as well. (February 7)
300: Rise of An Empire: Directed by Noam Murro with Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, Sullivan Stapleton. “Rise of An Empire” is not exactly a prequel or a sequel to the 2007 Zack Snyder film 300 but is considered a companion piece. It is based on the graphic novel Xerxes by Frank Miller and tells the story of how Xerxes went from the son of the king to a man-god bent on vengeance. While Dilios (David Wenham) and Gorgo (Lena Headey) from 300 are here, we meet Artemisia, commander of the Persian Navy and Themistokles a Greek general. (March 7)
Godzilla: Directed by Gareth Edwards with Aaron Taylor Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, Elizabeth Olsen and David Strathairn. The mood piece for Godzilla was screened twice at Comic Con 2012 and the Hall H crowd went wild. The response was just as enthusiastic this year and even more so when an actual trailer from the film was screened—where you get to see Godzilla’s foot at the end.
Interesting cast, interesting choice for director and Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption and Walking Dead) is among the scriptwriters. (May 16)
Edge of Tomorrow: Directed by Doug Liman with Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton. Will this make up for the hokey that was Oblivion? (June 6)
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All films will be out in 2D, 3D and IMAX except for The Lego Movie (2D and 3D only). More on these films, their directors and talent in upcoming columns.