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WonderCon is the lil' baby brother of Comic-Con. It's put on by the same company but hosted in San Francisco at a convention center that's about 10x smaller. FS.net will again heading out to San Fran to enjoy the festivities of WonderCon in just a few weeks. The complete schedule of presentations has been officially announced and the line-up this year is vastly more impressive than last year - from Forgetting Sarah Marshall to The X-Files 2 to Iron Man to Wall-E. If you're interested to know what we'll be covering for the site or happen to be in San Fran heading to WonderCon, below are the most interesting panels and presentations that you won't want to miss.
It was an unfortunate let down out here in San Francisco at WonderCon, as the Spider-Man 3 panel consisted of one measly 2 minute trailer and no celebrity appearences at all. However, it did have a few new scenes and a bit of exciting new footage, which we have details of here!
Unfortunately the convention center in San Francisco does NOT have wifi available and we will NOT be live blogging any of the panels today. I am writing a couple of updates in the panels and will post them live as soon as I can. I have limited wifi access and have to head far out of the ballroom in order to write any posts. It's an unfortunate delay, but I'll keep you updated with details once the panel kicks off.
FirstShowing.net will be making its way to San Francisco, California for the smaller version of Comic-Con called WonderCon and will be providing our signature, exclusive live coverage of some of the more popular panels. We won't be live blogging all of it, but we will be attending all of the panels and covering information on all of them. However, the live blogging will only be for the TMNT, 300, Resident Evil: Extinction, and most importantly, Spider-Man 3 panels. Read on for times and more information.
You've probably never heard of this book, but you should definitely take an interest. It's written by Max Brooks, Mel Brooks' son, who also wrote "The Zombie Survival Guide". Without going too much into detail about World War Z, it's another faux zombie tale subtitled "An Oral History of the Zombie War" that's set in the aftermath of a war fought between humanity and a legion of flesh-eating zombies.
In another update from the New York Comic-Con last weekend via IGN, "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski announced that he is writing the screenplay adaptation of the book for Paramount. The novel's rights were picked up last year by none other than Brad Pitt's production company Plan B (that's previously produced Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Departed), with a possibility of having him star.
If you're interested in Marvel's "Dark Tower" comic book series from legendary novelist Stephen King, or just interested in the possibility of having J.J. Abrams (who was just confirmed as the director on Star Trek XI) work on a film adaptation of it, then it's your best bet to read either of these reports from the New York Comic-Con where King spoke at Cinematical (full transcript) or Ain't It Cool News. Apparently King has spoken with J.J. Abrams about the project, and is confident in and trusts Abrams, which is very rare for Stephen King. He said that when Abrams first approached him, his response was, "I'll tell you what… you can option the books and see what you can do with it." There's also an update from Ain't It Cool News coming in just a few days on The Dark Tower, so stay tuned for those details and much more, including what this movie and comic book is even be about.
The New York Comic-Con is currently underway this weekend, and one of the reports trickling in from it is from the great Kevin Smith, who gave a talk at the con. In the report on Cinematical, Smith stated that he will be shooting back-to-back films, one being a comedy, one a horror (which has been previously mentioned). No details on the plot or script or anything about either of them, but he did say that the comedy "had to be shot in the winter." He'll likely be shooting that one sometime in the upcoming winter and the horror afterwards, with the comedy arriving first. Sounds like some more great movies from Smith on the way, on top of directing a new TV pilot - exciting!