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Scene from the Steven Soderbergh movie Haywire.

Scene from the Steven Soderbergh movie Haywire.

San Diego Comic-Con 2011, Day 2 – Spielberg, Spider-Man and Soderbergh

– by Shawn Conner

By now, does anyone not know the origin story of Spider-Man? It’s been told so often and in so many ways that it’s more of a mantra than a story.

Anyway, that’s our preamble to our San Diego Comic-Con day 2 report. Sad to say, your Snipe correspondent spent much of the day “on the floor”, aka in the exhibit hall, where a couple of publishers of “alternative” (for lack of a better word) comics took most of his money.

You can read that story – complete with guest appearances by director Werner Herzog and B-movie actress Sybil Danning – here. In the meantime, this is some of the other stuff that was premiered in one way or another, all in Hall H, where the studios roll out their upcoming blockbusters.

The Amazing Spider-Man – Let’s face it, this is gonna be a big, long, expensive piece of crap. But the studio has a ton of money invested in keeping the Marvel property on the big screen.

The movie won’t be released until next year, but in the meantime stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone (who was so good in Easy A which, possibly, may well be the last good movie she ever makes now that she’s in Comic Book Movie Jail) showed up for a panel at today’s con. A site called “Entertainment Today” reports that Garfield donned the Spider-Man costume at the panel. The movie’s teaser trailer leaves no doubt that once again, we will have to suffer through the story of how Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive studio executive, or whatever.

Watch – The Amazing Spider-Man (trailer):

Haywire – Relativity unveiled some of its movies, including this Steven Soderbergh-directed action thriller, due for a January 2012 release. Haywire is built around MMA superstar Gina Carano, but the cast also includes Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas, and Channing Tatum. Even though the trailer has us tempted to say “we’ve seen it all before”, Soderbergh can be trusted to deliver, at the very least, a satisfying movie package.

Immortals – This one lost us at “a stylish and visually spectacular 3D action adventure” (from the press release), which translated usually means “the dog ate the script”. However, director Tarsem Singh has a decent track record (The Cell but especially The Fall), so perhaps he’ll make something more than another popcorn flick in the vein of Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia.

The story is this: a power-hungry king played by Mickey Rourke razes ancient Greece in search of a legendary weapon, which motivates a young villager (Henry Cavill) to rise up against him in a “thrilling quest as timeless as it is powerful” (according to the press release). Wake us for the chariot race.

Henry Cavill in Immortals.

Henry Cavill in Immortals, slated for a November 2011 release.

The Adventures of Tintin – Big-time director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson appeared at the 2011 Comic Con International to promote the upcoming The Adventures of Tintin. It was Spielberg’s first appearance at the annual event and, according to Slashfilm.com (where you can also find a few factoids about the panel discussion) the packed crowd in Hall H gave dude a standing ovation.

Watch – The Adventures of Tintin (trailer):

http://youtu.be/f3Xwta_XIJo

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