Website Dorkshelf is running an exclusive claiming they have it from a “reliable” (though uncredited) source that footage from James Cameron’s 3D sci-fi epic Avatar will be screened at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. And not only will the Avatar footage be shown, according to Dorkshelf, but preparations are being made to show it in full “photorealistic” 3D, just as Cameron intended!Rumor is that the Avatar footage will be screened during the film’s hour-long Comic-Con panel on July 23rd, which will feature appearances from Avatar stars Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver, as well as Cameron himself. The location of the panel will be the H hall at the San Diego Convention Center, which is allegedly being converted into a 3D movie theater for the event.

If this news pans out, I know where I’ll be the moment that panel starts: in a prime seat with my 3D glasses in hand.

Bloggers around the ‘sphere have all been speculating that there would be a sneak peek at Avatar during Comic-Con this year – especially when Comic-Con banners featuring Avatar started appearing in and around San Diego last week. It certainly would be prudent for Fox and Cameron to make a HUGE splash at Comic-Con, as Avatar has had little to no exposure to anybody but we, the movie-geek nation.

However, I suspect that whenever this photorealistic 3D technology starts wowing crowds, word about Avatar will spread overnight.

Avatar hits theaters on December 18, 2009. Comic-Con will take place on July 23-26, 2009.

Source: Dorkshelf