Warner Bros. and Legendary are close to officially parting ways, but there are a couple of Legendary tentpoles still in the pipeline that WB will have to distribute in theaters next year (under their previous deal). That includes the Godzilla reboot – from indie filmmaker Gareth Edwards (Monsters) – and a fantasy-adventure based on “The Wardstone Chronicles” novels, titled The Seventh Son.
Legendary has plans to feature Godzilla and Seventh Son at the studio’s panel for the 2013 International Comic-Con later this month. The panel will be held in Hall H on Saturday, July 20th, following what Deadline calls a “a monster-themed event” that is scheduled to take place on the evening of July 16th, before the convention gets officially underway.
UPDATE: Check out Godzilla’s take over of Downtown San Diego!!!!
Edwards made a splash at the San Diego Comic-Con last year, when he presented a Godzilla concept trailer that certain members of our staff considered to be the highlight of the WB/Legendary panel for 2012 (even stacked up against impressive showings for Man of Steel, Pacific Rim and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey).
We should find out soon whether Edwards will make a return to the convention this year, or pass due to post-production on his upcoming blockbuster (see: Hobbit trilogy mastermind Peter Jackson and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb). Meanwhile, Legendary head Thomas Tull could make an appearance, along with Godzilla cast members such as Aaron Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen.
Seventh Son lacks the built-in awareness and Comic-Con history of Godzilla, so it’ll be interesting to see how the film – starring Jeff Bridges as an old exorcist who teaches a young man (Ben Barnes) how to combat malicious supernatural beings – compares, as far as making an impression on the Hall H crowd is concerned. The project was recently pushed back to a 2014 release date, which means Comic-Con will present a good opportunity to begin generating positive buzz well ahead of time.
Deadline‘s report also mentions that there will be “other projects” featured at Legendary’s 2013 Comic-Con panel. Chances are good, that means the lineup will include 300: Rise of an Empire – another film originally slated to open in 2013 that ended up being delayed until 2014 – and possibly Warcraft (a.k.a. the World of Warcraft movie).
Warcraft isn’t due to arrive until 2015, but a showing at the 2013 Comic-Con – which includes some conceptual material – would allow the Duncan Jones-directed project to get off on the right foot with its fanbase, like Edwards’ Godzilla did at the Con last year.
The official Comic-Con schedule for Saturday, July 20th, will be released soon. Be sure and bookmark Screen Rant‘s 2013 Comic-Con Movie Panel Guide and Schedule page, where we’ll keep you updated on the official Con lineup!
Header Image from ‘Godzilla: Half-Century War,’ by James Stokoe, published by IDW Comics.