A comic-strip reporter and his dog, Edgar Allan Poe, and Spider-man walk into Hall H …
Sounds like the makings of a Comic-Con joke, but it’s actually the film line-up for Day 2 – Friday, July 24 – at San Diego’s upcoming geekageddon: Comic-Con.
Here’s the movie rundown:
— 11:00-12:00 Director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson will show off The Adventures of Tintin, based on the classic Herge comics about an intrepid reporter and his dog Snowy engaged in death-defying danger for the sake of the story.
— 12:15-1:15 The Raven and Haywire – two very different films who share a distributor (Relativity) also share this hour (coincidentally, both will be moderated by yours truly – follow me @Breznican for details.)
The Raven stars John Cusack as Poe in a fictionalized thriller in which the gothic scribe is forced to solve a series of serial-killings performed in the style of his horror tales. Co-stars Luke Evans, Alice Eve and director James McTeigue (V For Vendetta) will also be on-hand.
Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire is a spy adventure about a covert ops specialist (MMA star Gina Carano, who does her own stunt-work and screen fighting) kicking ass and taking names after being double-crossed by her agency.
— 12:45-1:45 A parade of Legendary Pictures’ upcoming slate, including Pacific Rim, Seventh Son, Paradise Lost and Mass Effect, with Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Guillermo del Toro, Idris Elba, and Alex Proyas slated to attend.
— 2:45-3:45 Fright Night — Colin Farrell takes over as the suburban vampire, Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) is the nervous kid next door and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin’ of Superbad fame) co-stars as his suspicious, geek-obsessed childhood pal in this remake of the ‘80s bloodsucking cult-classic. Imogen Poots (Jane Eyre), Dave Franco (brother of James), director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl), and screenwriter Marti Noxon (I Am Number Four) will join the panel.
— 4:00-5:30 Sony brings the genre-movie juggernaut starting with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, with Nicolas Cage returning as the flame-skulled biker, followed by 30 Minutes or Less, a comedy from Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer in which Jesse Eisenberg plays a pizza delivery guy who has a bomb strapped to him by some knuckleheaded thugs who want to coerce him to rob a bank.
Then comes Total Recall – another remake starring Colin Farrell, this time in the Arnold Schwarzenegger role from the 1990 sci-fi adventure. We’ll see how the story has changed (no trip to Mars this time) and what from Philip K. Dick’s short story “We Can Remember it For You Wholesale” is brought in to the mind-bending action-adventure. Director Len Wiseman, Farrell, and Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston (Heisenberg forever!), and John Cho will also attend.
Finally — The Amazing Spider-Man – New webslinger Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) will appear with co-stars Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans (playing the villain, The Lizard), Martin Sheen and Sally Field, alongside director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer).
— 6:00-7:00 – Comic-Con describes this as “something new” — a presentation called At the Drive-In, where two offbeat genre movies will get a berth to show-off their stuff to the Hall H crowd: Grave Encounters, about the crew of a ghost-hunting TV show who find themselves locked in an abandoned mental hospital with some true weirdness, and the horror-comedy Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, starring Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk as the kind of slack-jawed huckleberries you’d see in The Hills Have Eyes or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – only this time, the hillbillies are friendly and harmless and the real menaces are the sexy coeds camping nearby (including 30 Rock‘s Katrina Bowden.)
Check back Saturday and Sunday for more schedule announcements from Comic-Con.