Peter Jackson To Promote ‘District 9′ At Comic-Con ’09

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 5:23 pm,

News has been released that Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson will make his first ever appearance at Comic-Con International this year, doing so to promote his upcoming mysterious sci-fi film District 9 that he is producing. Despite having many of his films hyped at the convention in years gone past, this is the first time he will be there in person. When his huge blockbuster remake of King Kong was being promoted at the Convention, Jackson was holed up in the editing room for the movie back in New Zealand. Even when the epic Lord of the Rings movies were being promoted there, Jackson was nowhere to be seen.

As a lot of you comic-book and movie fans out there will already know, Comic-Con takes place every year in San Diego, and regularly garners 100,000-plus attending fans, with major movie studios showing up to hype their latest products. Jackson (who is able to make the Convention this year after somehow finding a break in his busy schedule) will be in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center, where he’ll be promoting District 9, a film which he has produced for newcomer director Neill Blomkamp. Here’s some of what Jackson had to say about both the Convention and Blomkamp:

“I’m thrilled that I finally have the opportunity [to go to Comic-Con]… Neill [Blomkamp] is a tremendously talented young director, and he’s made an extraordinary film, so it was important to me to come to San Diego to spread the word.”

As a hint at what Comic-Con attendees might expect from Jackson’s appearance to promote District 9, Jackson himself said that, “attendees will be in for ‘quite a ride’,” but unfortunately did not give us anymore than that. For those of you don’t know, District 9 is about a race of alien creatures who are forced to live in “slum-like” conditions on Earth, with the aliens finding help in a “sympathetic government agent.” It certainly sounds like an intriguing plot, and I think the fact that it stars complete unknowns makes it even more intriguing.

district 9 wikus alien Peter Jackson To Promote District 9 At Comic Con 09

Comic-Con’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations, David Glanzer, spoke about Jackson making his first appearance at the Convention:

“We are overjoyed that the stars have aligned for this… [Mr. Jackson] has a huge fan base here and is notorious for listening to his fans, which should make for a really interesting panel.”

However, Jackson might not be the only big-name making an appearance at Comic-Con this year, with Titanic and Avatar director, James Cameron, possibly turning up, too. The schedule for the Convention is still being worked out and finalized, but there’s a possibility of Cameron making an appearance to show off the first ever footage from the much hyped Avatar. Jackson would certainly have to pull something really special out of the bag to top Mr. Cameron on that front.

Sony (the studio behind the project) is hoping and expecting that Jackson’s appearance at Comic-Con will give District 9 a serious boost as far as exposure and anticipation goes. I’m sure Jackson’s appearance will be welcome after the introduction of mysterious viral marketing ads on bus stop benches (shown below – thanks to First Showing), along with the films  awesome trailer.

district 9 bench ad Peter Jackson To Promote District 9 At Comic Con 09

I’m actually surprised that Jackson hasn’t made an appearance at Comic-Con before now, a convention which is basically the central hub where rabid fans of his types of movies descend on every year. Perhaps Jackson will make a big deal of it being his first appearance at the Convention, and some serious District 9 (or even The Hobbit) treats will be in order for the lucky attending fans.

What do you think of this being the very first time Peter Jackson has made an appearance at Comic-Con? Are you one of the lucky people who’ll be attending the convention this year?

District 9 is scheduled to be released on August 14th in the US, and on September 4th in the UK, both in 2009.

Sources: NYTimes, First Showing

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  1. Wow they are really putting a different spin on racism and elitism here..I watched the trailer and was not that impressed to be honest. Maybe I haven’t read enough or seen appropriate footage to peak my interest.

  2. Gee is this film getting us ready for something ??????

  3. @ 790

    Care to expand your thoughts on that statement?


  4. Ufo sightings are at an all time high.
    You know what’s up GK333,,, 😉

  5. Those damn crop circles and their increasing complexity are definitely telling us something..why don’t we listen? Wait a second I’m getting an incoming message on one of my old fillings..Mercury be damned…Sorry 790 I gotta take this one… 😉

  6. GK333,,,,
    So you don’t think “some” Crop Circles are made by something other than humans.

    Have you seen the recent dragonfly and jellyfish crop circles. Holly crap Dude !!!!

    • I should have put the old sarcasm warning up there before the filling transmission comment..

  7. I was being serious about the crop circles..they are trying to relay some sort of message and as time goes by these last few years the complexity and sheer precision of these works of art have proven to me they are not man least not with technology we are AWARE of at this time…Wasn’t the SETI probe answered with a crop circle a few years ago but NASA refuses to believe it?

  8. NASA and SETI, are both complacent in covering up alien life. NASA employs some of the best photoshop experts in the world…

    I don’t believe anything NASA says.

  9. Was the race for space then the race for contact with an alien culture?

  10. I remember seeing signs around the Convention Center *last year* for this film, although I had no idea of Peter Jackson’s involvement. I’ll certainly be doing all I can to make it into Hall H for him this year. And while PJ has never attended Comic Con before in person, he has always included video messages to be played during panels for the LOTR movies and for King Kong.

    • I thought this post was about alien life and crop circle communication?

  11. The space race was between Russia and US and it was overall based in cold war rhetoric.

    The first lunar landing was filmed on earth in a UK sound stage because they (Nixon) didn’t want to take a chance that the footage wouldn’t make it back to Earth due to Van Allen Belt radiation problems etc.

    Nixon knew that if the broadcast shots of our astronauts landing on the moon didn’t make it back on Prime time TV that it would all be for nothing.

    The astronauts did land on the moon but the first mission tv broadcasts (IMO) were doctored… This would explain all the lighting problems with the photos. Also note that we landed on the moon over 3 more times yet you don’t see those images,,,

  12. Wow,

    I love how Peter Jackson at Comic-Con for District 9 has spawned a debate about crop circles and alien life :) Only on Screen Rant…

    The extent of my knowledge on the subject only goes about as far as the movie Signs… Shyamalan seemed pretty convincing to me…


  13. The beauty of this sight Ross.. :)

  14. If anything District 9 looks interesting.

  15. It has been a long year and a half waiting for this film since first mentioned. STOKED!!!!!!

  16. …but 790….how could “we” go to the Moon in the first place since Von Ryan’s belt will reduce any life “on board” to a cinder. Look at any 1960’s era automobile for example, or look at an airplane in a Museum and imagine it going to the moon. Seriously…the errors NASA has made with this insane farce are to numerous to mention here. The Belt is the best proof it is still impossible if you know anyting about physics, radiation plus the general population of the 60’s were so gullable they believed everything the government told them( With the exception of us that were “hippies” back in the day)I mean think about it….my father was an aircraft mechanic in WWII…and he was sending planes up bonded with bailing wire and metal straps just to hold them in one piece. So 15 some odd years later we can send a man to the Moon? Yea…..right.

  17. @Tim “Cloverfield”, I agree that a lot if not all of the moon mission footage was bogus. However I do believe that we went to the moon. Amateur Astronomers have been able to view some of the leftover equipment with consumer grade telescopes.

    Sure there’s a huge cover up concerning the issue but we either found a way to shield spacecraft from the belt or we have been sending unmanned missions up there,,, :-)

  18. Good job 790….I believe it is the un-manned “wrekage” in regards to gear and equipment. I know the Atlas rockets sent “something” up there. I do not feel it was human. That covers NASA’s tracks. Remember 3 years ago the Japenese were sending a lunar probe that would have the capacity to magnifey a small pepple of a moon rock from orbit with the exact cause for proving we sent a man to the moon. The launch was supposed to take place early 2008. Now that mission has been scrapped. How come? Too many questions but that was huge for actual proof. The Japenese also did the topic-graphs of photos from all of the moon landings and found nothing fit the mountain range ( that was
    turned backwards for 2 seperate missions) and computers could not find any of these on the moon……however…..they did find where it was located. Exact match to the photos…….You have 3 guesses, and the first 2 do not count. I enjoy reading your posts 790. Keep up the good work!!!!!!!

  19. I’ve read reports that the Japanese DID successfully launch a lunar mission to photograph the entire surface of the moon. They even promised to release all the photos to the public.

    That unexpectedly changed and recently they only released 1% of the photos.
    I’ll see if I can dig up some facts on that mission.

  20. very cool 790…Thanks!!!…. please forgive my mis-spellings….I was so excited and was typing away and posting with out proofing…….I want to see what the American press says about France, I know the BBC will cover it. I mean after all…some don’t realize we are living in the the 21st Century!!!

  21. No prob, Tim, check back and let us know what happens with that announcement.

    The news over here in the states is a joke. It won’t be covered on the tv news I guarantee it.
    Last night the top story was the Lakers loosing against the Mavericks and endless Obama worship.

    (Its funny my spell check wants to change Obama into Obey, how ironic, not!!!)