Since there was no D23, Disney packed up their magic bags and headed to Comic Con to unveil some of their tricks.
Chris Hardwicke (@Nerdist) hosted the panel, and officiated the Q and A with Tim Burton about this project that has been a dream of Burton’s for many years.
“When a group of fans stepped up to the microphone dressed in regalia from several of his films, Burton beamed with appreciation. “This makes me feel like my family has come to see me,” he said. But the presentation ended on a sentimental note as a young woman fought back tears of joy while trying to ask Burton, whom she described as “her inspiration,” what his experiences are like tryingto get these movies made.
“I feel like you do,” he said. “When I think about it, I start to cry myself. Every movie I burst into tears for lots of different reasons. This one is special to me.””
Oz, The Great and Powerful
“Sam Raimi’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful” was up next, and the filmmaker took the stage in his trademark sport coat, a longtime homage to Alfred Hitchcock. Describing the film, he revealed, “It’s based on [L. Frank] Baum’s great books and it’s the story of who the wizard was and how he came to be the great wizard. He was a lothario and a cad, selfish, and throughout the course of the journey Oz [becomes] like the land of second chances for him. He’s shown the right way to live his life and he becomes more of a selfless man.”
Raimi then introduced a montage of footage from the film, a rough trailer which not only set up the story but paid homage to its predecessor, the classic fantasy film “The Wizard of Oz.” Actor James Franco’s Wizard makes off in a hot air balloon, only to get swept into a tornado and transported to Oz, where he encounters the comely charms of Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz. The most exciting moment came, however, when the black and white footage that began the clip transformed into color, and expanded from an old-school 4:3 aspect ratio to startling, gorgeous widescreen.”
Wreck it Ralph
“Audiences will have to wait until March of 2013 to see how that particular film “came to be,” but “Wreck-It Ralph” is due out in late 2012, and it already had some terrific buzz even before director Rich Moore showed attendees a lengthy, 10-minute clip from the movie. “’Wreck-It Ralph’ is the story of a 1980s video game bad guy who after 30 years of doing the same job decides maybe there’s more to life – midlife crisis. Sets him out on a journey to prove he’s more than just a bad guy.””
The Lone Ranger
“About 6,000 fans at the San Diego Convention Center Thursday got the first look at “The Lone Ranger,” which stars Depp as Tonto.
He wears long hair and full-face makeup to portray the Lone Ranger’s Native American companion. The brief clip hinted at the character’s craftiness, with one scene showing him riding beneath a speeding train. It also offered a peek at Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Helena Bonham Carter as a dame of interest, amid a backdrop of trains crossing the Western desert. Jerry Bruckheimer is producing the film.”