Alex Chun at the LA Times, Borys Kit at the Hollywood Reporter and Scott Bowles and Bill Keveney at USA Today all note in their Comic-Con overviews that the massive convention has become a prime spot to tout your film/TV series, even if there’s no obvious comic book connection â€” and indeed, the parent network will be there with a screening of "This Film Is Not Yet Rated."
Among the other films either getting screened or touted at the con are the (rather great) UK horror film "The Descent" (making its US premiere), Guillermo del Toro‘s "Pan’s Labyrinth," "Grind House," Neil Gaiman‘s "Stardust" and Alfonso Cuaron‘s "Children of Men," with Clive Owen.
There have already been a slew of production announcements, some actually made at the convention, others just timed that way.
Via Empire: More details on the previously announced sequel to Danny Boyle‘s "28 Days Later," entitled "28 Weeks Later": "’28 Weeks Later’ picks up six months after the Rage virus has decimated the city of London. The US Army has restored order and is repopulating the quarantined city, when a carrier of the Rage virus enters London and unknowingly re-ignites the spread of the deadly infection, wreaking havoc on the entire population." Boyle is not attached to direct. The film falls under Fox’s new "youth-focused division" Atomic, and other planned projects include "The Hills Have Eyes 2" and, er, a remake of "Revenge of the Nerds."
Via the Guardian: "People want to see the green guy again," cries Ari Arad, and thus Louis Laterrier, late of "The Transporter II" and "Unleashed," will direct "The Incredible Hulk," which will presumably ignore most of Ang Lee‘s silly dramatic posturings in favor of more things getting smashed (and we’re not talking about self-esteem!).
Via the Hollywood Reporter: Chris Marlowe writes that Will Eisner‘s "The Spirit" ("one of the most influential comics of all time") will be adapted and directed by Frank Miller ("Sin City"). And Borys Kit reports that Guillermo del Toro is in talks to produce (and perhaps direct) an adaptation of "Deadman."
+ The Many Facets of Comic-Con (LA Times)
+ Newly cool geeks rule Comic-Con (HR)
+ Comic-Con will see film presence (USA Today)
+ Comic-Con: 28 Weeks Later Announced (Empire)
+ Green light for Hulk sequel (Guardian)
+ "Spirit" comic comes to life on big screen (Reuters)
+ ‘Deadman’ to live again on big screen (Hollywood Reporter)