Despite having directed all three The Lord of the Rings films, King Kong, and been aligned to produce a live-action Halo film, Peter Jackson has never once endured a San Diego Comic-Con convention. That is, until next month.
The New York Times has confirmed with the perpetually busy director that he will descend upon Hall H at the San Diego convention to show off District 9, the upcoming alien refugee film from director Neill Blomkamp. Neill, by the way, was originally first in line to direct Halo and will also be on hand.
District 9 is a sleeper hit in the making in which aliens land in South Africa only to be quarantined in the equivalent of a “slum” zone. A lone government agent is willing to help the alien refugees, but other details are being kept under tight wraps. District 9 is set for release on August 14.
Battling for Comic-Con publicity with Jackson will be Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Last year’s Twilight presentation nearly brought the roof down with crazed screams from fan girls. This year’s New Moon presentation, sure to debut new footage presented by stars Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart, could very well implode the entire city with screams if any of the male stars flexes a bicep.
Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2 is all but confirmed for a Comic-Con panel where the first ever footage put together for public eyes is anticipated to be screened. Favreau, Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle are good bets for appearances, and to a lesser extent Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke.
Other high probability guesses for Comic-Con movie appearances are James Cameron’s Avatar (a perfect place to debut the first footage and trailer), Roland Emmerich’s 2012, The Surrogates starring Bruce Willis, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Warner’s Clash of the Titans (Warner is expected to publicize 10 total films at the show,) Heroes: Season Four, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Lost: Season Six, ABC’s Flash Forward, and ScyFy’s Battlestar Galactica / Caprica.
Full Comic-Con rosters are expected to be completed in early to mid-July and will be passed along as soon as I have them in hand.