A couple of weeks ago, we kicked off San Diego Comic-Con coverage with a speculative preview piece on fifteen movies we thought might be attending the five-day event. We can now scratch out Fox and Paramount studios as it was revealed in a Variety article posted late yesterday that the two studios would be skipping the annual convention this year.
The absence of Paramount means no first looks at Star Trek 2, something confirmed in an exclusive interview with writer Alex Kurtzman. It also means no looks at the delayed G.I. Joe: Retaliation or World War Z.
We thought we might get a look at Taken 2, granted hopes weren't very high to begin with, but with Fox sitting out, those hopes are dashed. Fox's other blockbuster properties included the Ben Stiller sci-fi comedy The Watch, Ang Lee's Life of Pi and A Good Day to Die Hard. Fox will instead turn their focus to TV panels, where they'll feature the casts of Bones, Futurama, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Sons of Anarchy, Fringe and Glee, confirmed for Saturday evening at 6p.
Relativity Media and DreamWorks are also sitting this year out.
So with those four studios out, who is in?
First off, Disney and Marvel will return to promo Iron Man 3, which recently began filming. Hard to say if they'll have any footage to share or if they'll just let the cast riff with the Hall H crowd. Disney is also expected to showcase Wreck-It Ralph and Oz: The Great and Powerful. There's also an outside chance that they may present something for The Lone Ranger.
Warner Bros. has reserved a three-hour block on Saturday, leading us to believe they'll show off The Hobbit. They'll also offer up first-look footage from Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. Legendary Pictures, who has partnered with WB in distributing Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim may screen first-look footage from the film, though that hasn't been confirmed yet.
Sony has booked time inside Hall H as well, but specific films haven't been revealed. The studio teased Total Recall last year and with the film opening up a few weeks after SDCC, they may offer up an extended look at the film. Other possible films include the Joseph Gordon-Levitt action flick Premium Rush, Kevin James' martial arts comedy Here Comes the Boom and Will Smith's post-apolcalyptic sci-fi film After Earth, directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
Universal hasn't officially announced that they'll be in attendance, though their Focus Features brand has confirmed they'll have the animated ParaNorman in Hall H on Friday July 13 with stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as part of the panel. Other films Universal could promote their adaptation of the Dark Horse Comics R.I.P.D. They could also draw crowds with The Bourne Legacy and samurai epic 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves, which hasn't revealed any clips or pictures.
With the emergence of other comic book conventions around the country (WonderCon in March, Chicago's C2E2 in April and NY Comic Con in November), studios can be a lot more selective about where they promote their films. The other three cons offer a chance for their films to make an impact rather than get lost in the crowd of promotional ads and panels at SDCC. The sci-fi action film Looper is a perfect example, after debuting a trailer and footage at WonderCon last March, it has become one of this fall's most anticipated movies.
SD Comic Con is expected to attract more than 130,000 attendees. The fun (and by fun, we mean chaos) begins July 11 and runs until July 15.