Ready to geek out? The programing schedule for the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con has been announced and is live on the official website, with each day being revealed this weekend (updated through Sunday!). You can read through the schedule day-by-day by right here. I've highlighted a few of the panels that are related to movies that we're planning to cover here on FS, and you'll find an abridged list of only specific film-related panels below. It looks like we'll still get an exciting selection of big presentations for lots of upcoming movies, despite early reports that there wouldn't be much to see. Read on for the 2011 schedule!
Though their films have shown up at many a Comic-Con over the years, 2011 is the first year that Legendary Entertainment will be having their own panel to talk about some of their upcoming projects, and this will definitely get attendees excited. For the first-ever standalone panel at the convention in San Diego on Friday, July 22nd, Legendary will have panels for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, the adaptation of Paradise Lost from director Alex Proyas, the film Seventh Son, an adaptation of The Last Apprentice young adult novel, and finally the adaptation of the video game Mass Effect we heard about last May.
Despite claims that The Avengers was not going to show up Comic-Con this year, at least not with a Hall H presentation, word from inside Disney/Marvel is that there is actually going to be a presence - just unlike anything we've seen. An inside source has provided us with early details, and as a big fan of viral marketing, I couldn't resist sharing some of them (the rest will remain a secret until Comic-Con). The main focus will be S.H.I.E.L.D., similar to the badges at WonderCon, and they will have actual set pieces from the movie placed on the showfloor as part of a faux-security and recruiting station for S.H.I.E.L.D. - but there's more!
Everybody scream - Francis Ford Coppola is coming to Comic-Con!!! Wait, what? Have you seen his last few films? This news was revealed by Entertainment Weekly originally, but also confirmed with an official press release. Francis Ford Coppola will be presenting portions of his upcoming horror movie Twixt at a panel on Saturday, July 23rd in Hall H at the 2011 Comic-Con in San Diego. Coppola himself will be there, but we're not sure if the cast will be, too. Twixt, for those curious, is described by Coppola himself as, "one part Gothic romance, one part personal film, and one part the kind of horror film that began my career."
Things are starting to heat up at Comic-Con. Or maybe cool down… DreamWorks Pictures has announced that they're kicking off a Fright Night Fan Frenzy contest for Comic-Con 2011, that will include cast appearances at a Hall H panel on Friday, a party, and advance screening of the remake directed by Craig Gillespie, starring Anton Yelchin and Colin Farrell. It all kicks off with a social media "campaign" that encourages fans to use their social feeds on Facebook, Twitter and blogs to share movie content and check in to real world events to collect points. At the end of each week, the fan with the most will win a killer prize.
We're now 37 days until Comic-Con 2011 kicks off down in sunny San Diego this July. As many readers know, Comic-Con is one of my favorite times of the year, as I pretty much go crazy with excitement covering all of the presentations for five days straight. The official schedule should be announced next week, but in the meantime, we've been starting to hear some buzz about what to expect and it's looking both good and bad. Given that 2012 is a pretty big year for fanboy movies, we can expect big ones like The Amazing Spider-Man, but a recent NY Times article about marketing claims some studios are staying away entirely.
Sony has officially announced via a press release that The Amazing Spider-Man, from director Marc Webb starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, will be appearing at the San Diego Comic-Con this July, as expected. In anticipation of the July 3, 2012 release of The Amazing Spider-Man in 3D, the cast and filmmakers will discuss the movie for the first time as they address the fans at San Diego Comic-Con. They're also announcing a contest for one Spider-Man fan to be the "face of the fan" at Comic-Con, and have the opportunity to meet various actors and the filmmakers for an interview. Read on for more details!