Hordes of cosplay fans descended on San Diego last weekend for Comic-Con where Film/TV studios hype their future projects. The event offers thousands of fans the chance to get up close with their heroes at panel events. The zombie march has been a regular fixture over the convention since 2007 but this year’s groan and shuffle was the last after an accident saw an elderly women hospitalised.
Quentin Tarantino revealed he will move forward with next film The Hateful Eight. The script was leaked to website Gawker back in January leading the Pulp Fiction director to say he felt “betrayed” and would shelve the film. In April he staged a three and a half hour read through performance of the five chapter western set in post-Civil War Wyoming.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will hit cinemas next summer. The promising footage ended ominously with a close-up on Captain America’s broken shield and all of the Avengers (apart from Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man) lying motionless on a rock drifting through outer space. Teasing concept art (pictured) was also revealed showing the heroes up against the army of 8-foot robot Ultron.
Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro teased new vampire TV drama The Strain. Chronicling the NYC head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team it follows a group of scientists trying to figure out a mysterious viral outbreak that arrived in America via a jet full of ‘seemingly dead’ passengers. The show will air in the UK on Watch later this year.
Mad Max: Fury Road stars Tom Hardy in the role made famous by Mel Gibson. Thirty years on from his original trilogy director George Miller showed some amazing demolition derby footage from the film which also stars a shaven headed Charlize Theron and Brit actor Nicholas Hoult. The “western on wheels” hits UK cinemas next May.
Marvel are also set to release Ant-Man next summer. Paul Rudd (This is 40) will play a burglar given the ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. He must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular suit from a new generation of towering threats.
Robert Rodriguez showcased a super-stylized first look at the follow up to his 2005 film. He promised Sin City: A Dame to Kill, based on the graphic novel by co-director Frank Miller, would be “100 times better” thanks to improvements in green screen tech. The film stars Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and Jessica Alba and hits cinemas from August 22 2014.
HBO unveiled nine new cast members for Game Of Thrones season five with Jonathan Pryce (the Tomorrow Never Dies villain will play the High Sparrow) heading an exciting list of new talent following the character-killing carnage of the season four finale. Also among the new blood are Oscar-nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) and Alexander Siddig (24).
Marvel might have dominance with comic book heroes at the multiplex but DC comics creations are making a small screen invasion. The Flash (a forensic scientist given superpowers after being struck by lighting), Constantine (based on the comic series Hellblazer), Arrow (back for a third season) and Gotham (a new Batman origin series) are all heading for screens this autumn.
Season four ended with a bloodbath showdown at a sniper protected gated community. With the show set to revisit familiar locations Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his team will face the devious Terminus gang in a bid to try and cure the zombie plague once and for all. The first trailer unveiled promised a chomp load of gory action.