Django Unchained kicked off a long day inside Hall H with director Quentin Tarantino joining cast members Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz and Walter Goggins in a lively panel discussion.
Tarantino said that the film was a culmination of an idea that took 13 years to formulate.
“The basic premise was about a slave who turns into a bounty hunter and goes on to kill white guys,” Tarantino said.
Jamie Foxx talked about the controversy involved with the film and his role as a vengeful slave, saying, “once the controversy faded away, it was kind of like going to an All-Star game,” referring to the other cast members.
From there Tarantino introduced an extended 8-minute long sizzle reel featuring footage that we have already seen in the various trailers and TV spots that have been released. He said that the reel was the backbone from which those trailers had been built upon.
The clip includes new footage including dialogue between Christoph Waltz and Don Johnson’s characters as well as a sequence of Jamie Foxx being taught how to shoot, using a snowman as a target.
Once the lights turned back up, Hall H erupted in an extended roar of applause, with Tarantino beaming and flashing the peace sign. We learned in further Q&A that Kerry Washington’s character Broomhilda is of German descent, meaning she had to learn the language as preparation for the role.
Tarantino also mentioned that he had just the scene with Jonah Hill and said that the material was some of the funniest stuff he’d done since the handing out color name scene in Reservoir Dogs.
Tarantino ended the panel saying that he would wait ten years after the first Kill Bill movie to decide on whether he would make another volume of the movie.
Django Unchained opens December 25.
The gritty cop drama End of Watch featured panelists Michael Pena along with writer/director David Ayer. End of Watch inhabits the same sort of gritty cop world of Ayers’ Training Day. Jake Gyllenhaal was unable to make the panel, but introduced three new clips via video.
The first scene featured a POV car chase with Gyllenhaal narrating about what it meant to be a cop. The scene ends with a violent shoot-out with suspects. The second scene finds Gyllenhaal and Pena causally joking with each other about the differences between white and Mexican women. The third clip found the duo rushing into a house fire to rescue a two-year-old toddler.
End of Watch opens September 28.
On the surface, Silent Hill seemed like an odd fit for comic-con, but given the prevalence of zombies and other horror creatures wandering the exhibit halls, Open Road decided to roll the dice and get the name out there.
Panelists included Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, director Michael J. Bassett and producer Samuel Hadida. The third movie in the Silent Hill franchise premiered new footage that was so out of context that Hall H didn’t really know what to make of it. There was a smattering of applause once the clips wrapped.
The big announcement came later on in the panel when it was revealed that Universal Studios would feature a Silent Hill maze at their annual Hollywood Horror Nights maze. The maze will be featured at Hollywood and Orlando locations.
Silent Hill arrives in theaters October 26.
Next up, Warner Bros.’ two-and-a-half hour long panel featuring Pacific Rim, Man of Steel and The Hobbit.