Slowly but surely, the big studios are revealing their plans for next months San Diego Comic-Con – one of these is Legendary Studios, reports comingsoon.net, a company which has a lot to prove after its lacklustre panel in Hall H in 2014.
The studio will be bringing a three-front assault on Saturday 11th July at 2.30pm in a panel hosted by Nerdist‘s Chris Hardwick (possibly on the insistence of his Legendary paymasters after the limp presentation last July by Nerdist News‘ Jessica Chobot) – DUNCAN JONES will presumably be bringing fresh footage from the long-gestated video game adaptaion Warcraft; Xmas thriller-chiller Krampus will want to start its ambitions on this years Christmas market; and a stellar cast will hopefully be on hand to rally favour behind Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak – Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam and Hall H favourite TOM HIDDLESTON will certainly make every effort to get the crowd on board.
The panel is going to need every ounce of help it can get. Not only is the panel in the middle of the Hall H schedule when a camped-in and flagging audience, already blinded and deafened by the Warner Bros./DC Entertainment behemoth first thing that day, but also two of these projects have had their time in the Californian sun already – Warcraft may finally arrive in theatres just shy of next years Comic-Con but it has been represented at the last two already, with its initial announcement in ’13 and a teaser trailer in ’14. That’s a massive gestation period and attention may start to wain, unless director DUNCAN JONES can really pull out the stops and impress the crowd.
Crimson Peak is a film that was showcased as part of last years panel, too, with del Toro bringing a sliver of teaser footage to set the tone. But that was with no cast or major scenes – the film is due to arrive this October and this may be the final chance to make an impression for the Comic-Con crowd. Last but not least, director Michael Dougherty will be presenting his impressive cast for Krampus: no word yet on whether Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Emjay Anthony, Allison Tollman or David Koechner will in attendance but it’s unlikely Legendary would want to put forward a weak link in the chain between the other two massive and eagerly awaited properties.
This assumption, of course, is resting on a common-sense of any panel programmer for the studio. But, if last year proved anything, anyone can make a mistake. And, remembering the hunched necks of the Legendary brass at the front of Hall H last year, they absolutely won’t want to be repeating that painful experience again.
Michael Mann, on his debut appearance at SDCC and bringing hacker-thriller Blackhat with him with star Chris Hemsworth in tow, had the pedigree but struggled to engage the audience; cast and crew of forgettable horror flick As Above Down Below joined Mann in failing to stick the landing; and the entire Hall H audience was Rick-Rolled into thinking it was getting Jurassic World footage when, in fact, the tired and worn-down audience was treated to a CGI cutscene for King Kong-prequel, Skull Island, which would have loved to achieve sky-high but, with an audience automatically against it, landed flat. Aside from a faux-video transmission from GARETH EDWARDS, announcing Godzilla 2, the general consensus was the panel was a mess.
Here’s hoping that Legendary can pull out all the stops to regain some of its lustre this year. You can also find talent and production team signing, along with booth presentations, on the Exhibition Floor throughout the weekend on Booth #3920.
CRIMSON PEAK is a Legendary/Universal Pictures co-production, directed by Guillermo Del Toro, and stars Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, A Most Violent Year), TOM HIDDLESTON (Marvel’s The Avengers, Only Lovers Left Alive), Mia Wasikowska (Stoker, Alice in Wonderland), CHARLIE HUNNAM (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim) and Jim Beaver (Supernatural, Adaptation). The film is written by both del Toro and Matthew Robbins. Set in the aftermath of a family tragedy, the film follows an aspiring author, who is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds… and remembers. The film is due to hit cinemas 16th October 2015.
WARCRAFT is a video game adaptation, directed by DUNCAN JONES and written by Charles Leavitt and Jones – the film is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment production, distributed by Universal Pictures. Starring Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, DOMINIC COOPER and Toby Kebbel, the film portrays the origin story of the initial encounters between the humans and the orcs, with an emphasis upon both the Alliance’s and the Horde’s sides of their conflict. Featuring characters such as Durotan and Lothar, the film will take place in a variety of locations established in the video game series. Warcraft finally arrives in theatres 10th June, 2016.
KRAMPUS is the second feature film from Trick ‘r Treat director Michael Dougherty, and stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Emjay Anthony, Allison Tollman, David Koechner, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Owen and Krista Stadler. It tells the story of young Max, who turns his back on Christmas as his dysfunctional family comes together and comically clashes over the holidays. When they accidentally unleash the wrath of Krampus—an ancient entity from European folklore—all hell breaks loose and beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own. Now, the fractured family is forced to unite if they hope to survive. With effects work from Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, it lands in cinemas 4th December, 2015.