The first day of Hall H featured cult movie icons and a bunch of Expendables. Following the jam-packed Twilight panel, Disney was the next panel to take the stage. The studio crammed three films into a one hour panel session.
First up was Frankenweenine, with Tim Burton taking the stage to talk about the film. A retro monster movie trailer was shown to promote the film (you can watch it below) and then, following a brief Q&A session, a couple of clips were shown from the movie. The segment closed with an announcement that Burton would be signing autographs at Booth 3635 later on in the afternoon.
Rather than save it for the end, Disney sent up Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and the Powerful. The film is a prequel to the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz and stars James Franco as a magician who gets caught up in, yep, a tornado and lands in Oz, eventually becoming the ruler of the land. A gorgeous teaser trailer was debuted, beginning in black-and-white and then fading into luscious color.
Production design was headed up by Robert Stromberg who designed the lush environment of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland. Raimi reiterated that the movie is a prequel to the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, meaning there will be no ruby slippers, Scarecrow, Lion or Tin Man. That didn’t seem to matter though since Hall H really liked what they saw. See if you agree by checking out the trailer beolow.
Regarding other projects, Raimi told the crowd that his plans to turn the legendary character The Shadow into a feature film fell short due to a lack of a compelling script.
"We got a bunch of scripts, but none of them really nailed the character," Raimi said.
Next up for Disney was Wreck-It Ralph, an animated comedy that nods to classic video game characters like Pac-Man, Street Fighter villains and more. Ten minutes of the film were showcased. Hall H really liked it and the film looks to be on the verge of being a hit among the fanboy crowd when it hits theaters this fall.
Before leaving the stage, it was announced that electronic musical artist Skrillex would compose a song for the film.
And if you thought Disney was done with those three films, think again. Before transitioning to Jackie Chan’s panel, a teaser trailer for The Lone Ranger was shown to lukewarm applause (except for the parts with Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp).
Jackie Chan’s panel was up next and it was quite clear that this was one of those panels that was squeezed in to fill in time. Chan was on hand to promote his final action movie where he would be performing actual action sequences.
Chinese Zodiac 12 finds Chan playing a thief who steals back four historic busts of zodiac animals that have been stolen by bad guys around the world.
Chan talked about filming in eight different cities and kept mentioning a grueling stunt involving a volcano. That footage wasn't shown, but you can check it out when the film opens December 12.
It was clear most of the people filling in to Hall H were there for The Expendables 2. Taking the stage for that panel were Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Randy Couture and Dolph Lundgren. Attendees were also treated to sizzle reels of scenes from Stallone and Schwarzenegger’s filmography. Stallone called the second movie, "an injection of male pattern badassness," and the entertaining panel found Stallone and Arnold sharing jokes about one another.
Stallone also mentioned that Lundgren hit him so hard in one scene, that he was knocked out and taken to the hospital. And in case you're wondering, the number of Arnold movie line catch phrases mentioned by the former Governator was four, including, of course ,a variation of "I'll be back."
All in all, it was evident that The Expendables 2 panel was the most entertaining, while Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph and Oz: The Great and Powerful held the most promise as they head into theaters.
Television invades Hall H tomorrow, with The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead and The Game of Thrones sandwiched between a morning panel for ParaNorman in the morning and Sony’s panel featuring Total Recall, Elysium and Looper later in the afternoon.