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Comic-Con 2011: What the Film Studios Are Planning (List)

Don't Be So Sure:

Just look at what Paramount has on the docket: The Martin Scorsese-directed animated adaptation Hugo Cabret (November 23); Tom Cruise and Renner in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (December 16) from director Brad Bird and producer J.J. Abrams; Abrams, Kurtzman, Orci and Lindelof again with a Star Trek sequel (June 29, 2012), though it's looking increasingly unlikely that the film will hit that date, and Jon Chu directing G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes (August 10, 2012). Any and all of them have reason to play to the CC crowd. And we can't ignore the low-budget found-footage spookers Area 51 and Paranormal Activity 3 (October 21), which could slide under the door. With Avengers, M:i4 and Witch Hunters, Renner will pretty much own Comic Con this year if he shows up, though his publicist is saying that isn't going to happen.

SONY

In Full Effect:

The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3, 2012) from director Marc Webb. Duh.

Unh-Uh:

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (December 21) from director David Fincher isn't quite the right fit. (And anyway, it doesn't need the help.) Same with Rod Lurie's remake of Straw Dogs (Screen Gems, September 16) and the animated Arthur Christmas (Sony Pictures Animation, November 23).

Highly Likely:

Attack the Block (Screen Gems, July 29) from writer-director Joe Cornish has screened well at several festivals, including the recent LAFF, and the studio is eager to get the word out. Underworld: New Dawn (January 20, 2012) and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (February 17, 2012), starring Nic Cage, are too obvious not to show and have dedicated CC fans. 30 Minutes or Less (August 12) from Ruben Fleischer also has potential appeal given its young, geek-oriented cast (Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari).

Don't Be So Sure:

Colombiana (Stage 6, August 26), from the improbably named director Olivier Megaton and writer-producer Luc Besson, could use the bounce from a well-timed Zoe Saldana appearance (which could also help the Star Trek sequel). Men in Black III (May 25, 2012)? Who knows. But why not?

Not Yet:

Total Recall (August 3, 2012) from director Len Wiseman and Elysium (March 1, 2013) from Neill Blomkamp will be primed for teasing next year.

UNIVERSAL

In Full Effect:

Cowboys & Aliens (July 29). Jon FavreauRoberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde and Daniel Craig. It's like the Avengers of geek entertainment. Its premiere will take place Saturday night of the Con. The studio behind Scott Pilgrim is not exactly backing off.

Unh-Uh:

Even with Craig as star, Dream House (September 30) won't find a home there. Nor will Tower Heist (November 4) from director Brett Ratner, starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, the studio's remake of The Thing (October 14) from director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and the Peter Berg-directed Battleship (May 18, 2012).

Don't Be So Sure:

The Rupert Sanders-directed Snow White and the Huntsman (June 1, 2012) is ripe for some Comic Con play even though it doesn't start shooting until mid-August. Stars Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemworth all have major superhero or other Con cred -- Twilight, Hancock, Thor/Avengers, respectively -- and the studio needs to get its version stuck in fans' heads to distinguish it from Relativity's forthcoming Snow White project (March 16, 2012). And what about Relativity's take? It just started shooting in Montreal and could decide to show up with some surprise force/footage. That would certainly fit the tit-for-tat back-and-forth between the competing projects thus far. 

Not Yet:

Hasbro's Untitled Ouija Project (November 9, 2012) from director McG47 Ronin (November 21, 2012) from director Carl Rinsch and Joseph Kasinski's Oblivion (July 19, 2013) are still in early stages. Then again, Ronin shot all Spring, so maybe we shouldn't be too sure it, or star Keanu Reeves, won't be there...

WARNER BROS.

In Full Effect:

Final Destination 5 (New Line, August 12) and A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (November 4) will be in the CC house. Guillermo Del Toro and his cast will pimp Pacific Rim (July 12, 2013), Jeff Bridges will talk about Seventh Son, director Alex Proyas and star Bradley Cooper will hawk Paradise Lost and screenwriter Mark Protosevich will discuss Mass Effect at a Legendary Pictures panel, though most don't even have a release date.

Unh-Uh:

The Steven Soderbergh-directed Contagion (October 21) won't be there, nor will Happy Feet 2 in 3D (November 18) from director George Miller.

Don't Be So Sure:

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (December 16), Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (January 27, 2012) and Clash of the Titans 2 (March 30, 2012) could all tease something. The Dark Knight Rises (July 20, 2012) doesn't really need the early hype, and director Christopher Nolan likes to keep tight control over how his movies are promoted, but it would be just plain fun to create a giant stir. Which any kind of footage or appearance (video or in-person) most certainly would.

Not Yet:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (MGM, December 14, 2012) and The Hobbit: There and Back Again (MGM, December 13, 2013) from Peter Jackson are too far out and don't really need the play. Jackson could, however, show up via video or in person since he's a major player in Paramount's Tintin, too.  And while it would be provocative to see something teased from Tim Burton's Dark Shadows (May 11, 2012) and Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Killer (June 15, 2012), they both are likely to miss San Diego by being both too late for this year and too early for next.

THE REST

Killer Elite (Open Road Films, September 23), Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (FilmDistrict, August 26), Lockout (FilmDistrict, February 24, 2012), Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World (Dimension, August 19), Apollo 18 (Dimension, September 2), Piranha 3DD (Dimension, November 23), The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes (Dimension, January 27, 2012), Shark Night 3D (Relativity, September 2), Immortals (Relativity, November 11), Haywire (Relativity, January 20, 2012), The Raven (Rogue, March 9, 2012), Twixt (American Zoetrope, 2011), The Three Musketeers (Summit, October 14), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (Summit, November 18), The Darkest Hour (Summit, December 23) and Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil (Magnet Releasing, September 30).

All in all, it doesn't exactly seem like the Convention Center will be abandoned.