Comic-Con 2012: Sony to Show Off 'Elysium' From 'District 9' Filmmaker

The studio will also tout "Total Recall," "Looper" and "Resident Evil: Retribution" -- with Colin Farrell, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and Jessica Biel among those in attendance.
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Neill Blomkamp

Sony will be the dominant film force at Comic-Con Friday, July 13, with an hour and half presentation in Hall H which promises a first look at Elysium, the follow-up from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp.

The Comic-Con programming schedule for Friday, released earlier today, illustrates how television has overtaken film as the dominant force at the convention. Presentations in the cavernous Hall H, which hold over 6,000 people, will be controlled by CBS’s Big Bang Theory, AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Friday also features panels on AMC’s Breaking Bad and NBC’s Community, pilot airing and Q&A of CBS’ Cult and ABC’s 666 Park Avenue, a look at Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising, most of which will take place in Ballroom 20. On top of that, there’s a Firely 10-year anniversary that will reunite the creators and actors of the cult show.

That leaves Sony as the major film player of the day.

The studio will show off its remake of Total Recall, bringing in Len Wiseman and stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, and Bryan Cranston.

It will also have a presentation on Looper, Rian Johnson’s time travel action movie stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Johnson, Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt will be on hand.

Both movies are in promotion stages ahead of their respective August 3 and September 28 release date and the presentations will build on what has been seen and said before.

Nothing has been seen on Elysium, the secretive project from Blomkamp, who breathed some welcome fresh air into the sci-fi genre with his surprise 2009 hit, District 9.

Audiences will be able to see the first footage at the Elysium presentation, which will feature Blomkamp, stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster and producer Simon Kinberg on stage.

Sony sibling Screen Gems will also have a Resident Evil: Retribution.

It’s not all Sony, however.

Focus Feature and animation house Laika kick things off in Hall H with a panel on ParaNorman, the stop-motion feature that opens August 17. Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Travis Knight, Chris Butler, and Sam Fell.

Among the day’s non-screen entertainment highlights, there are panels on comic book and intellectual property law, the legalities of fan fiction and its impact, panels remembering Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and Batman co-creator Bill Finger, and a spotlight at two of the hottest writers at DC, Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire.