There’s a lot to look forward to at this year’s Comic-Con, but there are a few things in particular to keep an eye out for. It’s easy to get caught up in the explosion of movies, comics, and special appearances at the conference, so here’s a guide to the 10 most anticipated movies to keep an eye on.
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10. Toy Story 3
Pixar is rolling out the long-awaited part three of its hit franchise. Hopefully we’ll get to see some footage from the film and hear what the filmmakers have to say about the sequel – perhaps even some interviews with the voice talent? One way or another there are more fans than not of Toy Story 1 and 2, so it’s exciting to see that part three will be making an appearance at this year’s Comic-Con. Disney will also be showing off its 3-D capabilities with Tim Burton’s new Alice In Wonderland, and their animated films Prep & Landing and Ponyo.
Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, the director who brought us Oldboy (the original, not the remake that might happen with Will Smith…gag), will show some clips from his anticipated new feature Thirst. A self-described “vampire melodrama”, this could be the next great vampire movie – the next great R-rated vampire movie, that is. Fans of Twilight need not wait in line for this one, because there’s going to be some seriously grisly stuff in Thirst. The movie just won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival. A must-see for anyone who’s into the vampire/awesome movies genres.
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
If you grew up with the Turtles in the ‘80s and ‘90s then you’ll want to make this panel, particularly considering the live-action remake that’s now in the works. This panel will cover the Ninja Turtles from past to present, covering a 25-year span. Plus: Kevin Eastman, one of the co-creators of the Turtles, is going to be there in the flesh. Good stuff.
7. Where the Wild Things Are
Spike Jonze’s adaptation of the classic children’s book by Maurice Sendak is looking like it’s going to make a pretty awesome movie. It’s going to be covered during a Warner Bros. panel that will include other cool movies: the new A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Box, and others. If the trailer is any indication, this could be Jonze’s next big thing.
6. Sherlock Holmes
Guy Ritchie’s new Sherlock Holmes is in the same Warner Bros. panel as Where the Wild Things Are, and Robert Downey, Jr. is going to be there himself. Don’t miss an opportunity to see what the new Holmes movie has cooked up. The detective/action genre seems to be one that’s been single-handedly created by Ritchie.
5. Jonah Hex
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Jonah Hex, another Warner Bros. film, will be getting a first look at Comic-Con this year. Josh Brolin is playing the badass bounty hunter with some serious scarring. The pics of Brolin in costume were very promising, even if his scarring wasn't as extreme as some fans were hoping for. Oh, and did I mention Megan Fox is in Jonah Hex? Yes, she will be scantily clad in the film. We wouldn’t have her any other way.
4. District 9
Peter Jackson is going to show up, in the flesh, to introduce the much anticipated District 9, directed by Jackson protégé Neill Blomkamp. Sharlto Copley, the star of the film, will also be there. This is looking like it’s going to be the next great alien movie and a must-see for anyone at Comic-Con who cares about movies. Even if we never got more than the trailer for District 9 we'd have some of the coolest UFO effects since Independence Day.
9, an animated movie about a post-apocalyptic world populated by “stitch-men” will have a discussion featuring some heavy hitters. Shane Acker, the director and creator, will be there along with Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and Tim Burton. This will be a great opportunity to find out how the filmmakers put this movie together, and to see Jennifer Connelly in person. Yup, she’s showing up too.
2. Iron Man 2
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Jon Favreau will be at Comic-Con to talk about Iron Man 2, a film everyone’s been looking forward to. Most of the cast will be there too, except for Gwyneth Paltrow, which is awesome: it may be one of the few times we get to see the whole crew together outside of a movie theater. As we've seen from some of the photos that have leaked from the production, the movie takes Tony Stark to some pretty crazy places -- from the top of a doughnut store to, well, a green screen as big as a dam. Whatever it is Stark and Co. have in store for us, it's going to be ginormous.
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James Cameron is going to screen some footage from Avatar for the people who are lucky enough to make it to this event. If you are at Comic-Con this year, and you can get in, GET IN. This is far and away the most important/exciting/awesome/anticipated/incredible thing going down at Comic-Con, and it happens on the first day, Thursday, July 23rd. Get in line early, and bring water and food, ‘cause you’ll be there for a long time. But from everything people have said (and really important people, too: the likes of Steven Soderbergh and Steven Spielberg, to name a couple) Avatar could revolutionize the future of filmmaking. Being a witness to the making of history is something not every Comic-Con can lay claim to.
If you can't make it to the show, be sure to check out the rest of our Comic-Con coverage on Spike.com! We'll be live blogging from all the panels that matter, conducting on-camera interviews with the biggest stars at the show, and best of all, featuring content from James Rolfe of CineMassacre! The coverage begins the night of Wednesday, July 22nd and keeps on rolling until the show floor closes.