Comic-Con ’08: Fox Panel

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This post will be updated continuously during the panel.

For the Fox panel Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connolly and director Scott Derrickson are on hand to talk about The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Derrickson directed the most excellent Emily Rose. He touched on the concerns over remaking a classic film and how much he enjoys and respects the original. He thinks it’s a good idea to revisit the concept using modern day issues.

They will be showing a few clips.

The scene was an extended version of the interrogation shown in the trailer. This version of Klaatu is not docile and non-violent – in the scene he takes over the interrogator, delivering an electrical shock and controls his mind in order to get info so he can escape.

Keanu stated that his take on the role was to be an objective observer as the alien.

Derrickson says that the alien technology is biological and he didn’t want spacecraft shooting lasers.

Jennifer talked about the human elements of the story and how we treat each other and the planet.

Another clip shown which shows the boy, Bobby and Klaatu having a conversation in the back of a pickup truck.

Keanu talked about how his opinion of humanity evolves during the film to where he starts to think that maybe we’re not so bad.

(Side note: The only reason that I’m starting to think there might be a glimmer of hope for this film is that I like the director and his work on Emily Rose.)

Derrickson talked about the design of Gort and that they went through hundreds of different drawings in trying to figure out how to update the robot for the film and they ended up coming back to a design similar to the original. Weta Workshop is working on the design of the character.

The spaceship and the spacesuit have an organic / biological basis.

Biggest clip to follow, several minutes of footage.

Clip showed a lot of destruction by Klaatu’s ship(s) and I still don’t like that take on the film. The clip also showed the scene with the idiotic line where the survival of the planet is more important than humanity.

Next a scene from Max Payne that was pretty cool was shown highlight Payne getting his butt kicked before the shoots whoever is kicking his butt in an inventive way.

John Moore director, Mila Kunis, Mark Whalberg and Chris Bridges were in attendance.

The director said the challenge in making the film was “to not screw it up.” He said the game has a great story and the goal is to translate that story to a great movie.

Wahlberg saw the script before he saw the game. He was quite charming and said he was ready to do another film where he could “kick some ass again.”

Joked about how his arrest record made him a good fit for the role.

The character starts out happy with a wife and child that are taken away from him.

Another clip, highlighting the bad-assness of Wahlberg taking on a group of street punks. Forget what I said previously about concerns Wahlberg could pull this off after seeing him in The Happening. I got a modern Death Wish vibe from the clip.

They talked about a new slow motion camera system that they used, inspired by The Matrix and John Woo.

Finished up with a long clip that should a lot of action sequences from the film. Really, parts of reminded me of the first Die Hard movie – and that’s a good thing. Of course there was much more beyond that with gunfire out the wazoo, and lots of cool imagery.


Hugh Jackman came out and the crowd went insane. He was very gracious and said he’d be waiting a long time to bring Wolverine to Comic-Con since he didn’t have the opportunity with any of the X-Men movies. He thanked the crowd profusely saying he wouldn’t have a career if it wasn’t for us, and also came in to the audience to thank Len Wein, the creator of the character. Jackman had

He said the’ve finished filming, the film is big, action-packed and “bad-ass.”

There will be a lot of berserker rage in the film.

They showed an extended trailer for the film which I have to say was pretty damned awesome and the crowd went nuts. Gambit and Deadpool are in the film, shows Wolverine as a soldier with a bad attitude, Stryker recruiting him and Sabretooth to work for the government, we see Blob, lots of mutant action, big set pieces with explosions and all kinds of cool crazy stuff. The buzz on this has been that it’s not going to be good but you certainly couldn’t tell that from the trailer that was shown.

And that’s it for the Fox presentation!

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  1. A bioship, I’m guessing that’s the power of Green technology at its apex. Does it shoot carrots that crawl up the butts of innocent people, (if so there ripping off LEXX) !! ;-(

    Max Panye, Punisher, and Death Wish 1-3 are all the same film. :-(

    Wolverine !!!! ;-)

  2. “Hugh Jackman (…) was very gracious (…)thanked the crowd profusely”
    “Wahlberg (…) was quite charming”
    “Keanu talked / stated”

    Isn’t unbiased reporting a great thing…

  3. I hope this movie is good, I don’t want to see Fox crap the bed again after the horrible Wolverine 3…i mean X-men 3.

    Also, Marvel needs some good stuff after it got owned by Dark Knight. I know Iron man and Hulk were kickass but just prior to that we had Ghostrider, Spidey 3, FF4 2 and X-men 3…some of the most disappointing and ill-thought of films ever made. Someone who knows what they’re talking about needs to guide all these franchises into a proper direction.

  4. @ckage Did I ever say I was “unbiased?” This is an opinion site – of COURSE I’m biased. :-P


  5. I see…
    I thought this was site on Movie NEWS. Without sugar coating.
    By the way, did you send Hugh and Wahlberg their box of heart-shaped candy yet? Don’t get the address wrong, or it might end up at the door step of that mean, cold Reeves.

  6. @ckage LOL, dude, did you miss the “without the sugar coating” bit? I call it like I see it. If you want straight up news without an editorial angle, I suggest you head over to

    Feel free to disagree, in fact I encourage polite debate on the site. But just as I have an issue with TDTESS (and don’t mistake my opinion of the film with my opinion of Reeves, which are two separate things) you seem to have an issue with Wahlberg and Jackman.

    So perhaps you might consider that this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.


  7. Oh, and by the way, if you were here you’d have seen that Keanu was quite deadpan in his comments, and that’s why I just wrote that “he said.”

    It’s not a bad thing, but he wasn’t “charming,” nor did he engage the audience. That’s just the fact of the matter.

    Best regards,


  8. OK, so probably you attended a different convention from the one I saw over in YouTube. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be presenting such statements as facts. Yeah, that was probably it.

  9. Ok, you know what? Whatever. I’m trying to be civil but I’m done responding to you.


  10. I’m about to see X-Files movie, I’ll have some comments in a few hours.

  11. Wowowoowowowow

    First thing. !!!
    EVERYONE MUST WATCH THE END CREDIT’s. There is a AMAZING scene you don’t wanna miss !!!!!!!!!

    2nd,,,,, NO WEREWOLVES!!!! ;-)

    No Spoilers!!!!

    I can see now why the trailer is vague, they pretty much left out anything that would give away the plot.
    (And its got one!)

    X-Files fans, this is the movie that gives us some real closure on the series. I loved it!
    Non-fans are prob gonna think its a average film, but the hardcore fans of X-F, are gonna really enjoy the tight script and references to the series.

    This film at times had the suspense of “Silence of the lambs” had eliments of “Fargo” and even “Saw”.
    I was pleasently surprised and disturbed at the same time watching this movie.

    The cinematography was top-notch and I didn’t see ANY technical or continuity mistakes in this film.
    The film touched on 3 or 4 issues and like I said, it was VERY TIGHT , and well done…

    All X-Files fans go see this and support the show,, ;-)

    I’d give the film a solid 4 on the Screen Rant scale.

  12. FWIW vics views re: Wahlberg and Jackman vs keanu were probably shared by everyone in the audiance.

    Jackman totally stole the show and was really quite charming.