The cast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. were on a panel at WonderCon last weekend and spoke to the press afterwards. The tight-lipped stars of the Marvel show were able to preview some of the upcoming adventures of this corner of the MCU. Daisy Johnson will have some full Secret Warriors action sequences coming up, said actor Chloe Bennet.
“Fans will be thoroughly satisfied with some of the Secret Warrior action we have coming up,” Bennet said. “It was some of my favorite stuff to shoot ever on this show because it’s something that Daisy’s wanted. I can’t say how it ends in that it’s not going to be like ‘We’re a team and this is how it is forever happy yay!’ It’s not necessarily going to be like that but there’s a couple of really good comic book classic moments that we have with the team.” Read More »
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While James Wan was at Wondercon presenting his own sequel The Conjuring 2, he also presented a new horror film he produced. Lights Out is based on a Swedish short film of the same name that has garnered over 150 million views online. /Film spoke to the director, David F. Sandberg, producer Lawrence Grey, actor Maria Bello and Sandberg’s wife Lotta Losten, who starred in the short and recreated a different version of the two minute scene in the feature film. Read More »
Dominic Cooper was at Wondercon promoting Preacher, the upcoming AMC series based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s comic book, in which he stars as Jesse Custer. Meanwhile, Marvel fans are awaiting word on a third season of the series Agent Carter. Set in the post-WWII era, Agent Carter features Cooper in a recurring role as Howard Stark. Should both shows continue, Cooper suspects he would be able to do both, at least staying on in a guest starring capacity on Agent Carter.
“Yeah, I hope so,” Cooper said. “Yeah, because Howard Stark kind of runs in and runs out. He does some ridiculous thing, creates some madness and then hops off on a plane with a leggy blonde.” Read More »
James Wan returned to Wondercon to present The Conjuring 2. He’d presented the first film at Wondercon 2013 in Anaheim. Wan returns to direct the sequel, with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga once again playing Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Warrens are famed paranormal experts and both Conjuring films are reportedly based on their true cases.
The Conjuring 2 is about the Enfield Poltergeist, the Warrens’ investigation of poltergeist harassing a London single mother and her four children. The setting provides a change of pace from the Rhode Island case of the Perron family in The Conjuring, and Wan teased how it will make the film feel different. Read More »
AMC presented a panel on the upcoming series Preacher at Wondercon. Before the panel, showrunner Sam Catlin and stars Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga spoke with reporters. Catlin said he did not know series creators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg before he started working on the project, and had not heard of the Preacher comic book series. Catlin took a meeting with the pair and started explaining the needs of a television series, to which he says they were receptive.
“I would say, ‘You can’t pace it that way for a TV show. We won’t be able to do X, Y and Z then because where would you put your sets?’” Catlin said. “Stuff like that, because they’d never really done TV before. What I like about Preacher [comics] is it has a modular [structure]. You can kind of lift and place stories all over the place sort of like episodes. He goes to Louisiana. There are these chapters to it, which is really liberating. You can tell stories all over the place. As long as you still have that drive of what Jesse wants, who he’s looking for, you can go anywhere you want.” Read More »
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Producer Donald DeLine was at Wondercon discussing the second season of the Fox series Wayward Pines. He is also producing the movie adaptation of Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg. During a roundtable interview, we got to ask DeLine about Ready Player One, which he says falls in line with Spielberg’s classics like Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park.
“It’s classic Steven Spielberg, right in the center of the sweet spot of really his classic work, but with this whole new world now,” DeLine said. “There could be no one better to bring this to the screen.” Read More »
When TNT announced that M. Night Shyamalan was spearheading a reboot of Tales from the Crypt, they were short on details. As of January, they had not committed to either a half-hour (like the original HBO series) or hourlong format, or even said whether they would feature a Crypt Keeper. The Crypt Keeper was a staple of the original EC comic books as the host of the macabre stories, and even more so on the HBO series as a Kevin Yagher puppet voiced by John Kassir.
Shyamalan was at Wondercon presenting the second season of his Fox series Wayward Pines. /Film participated in roundtable interviews with Shyamalan and the Wayward Pines cast and got a chance to ask him about Tales from the Crypt. He confirmed that there will be a Crypt Keeper in his Tales. “There will,” Shyamalan said. Read More »
Amazon brought their upcoming reboot Thunderbirds Are Go to Wondercon. The original 1965 children’s show used marionettes to animate the Tracy family’s sci-fi adventures. The new series uses a combination of computer animation and practical models. Old fans may notice that there is still a hint of the original style, as hovering spacecraft waver as if on strings, though they are entirely CGI.
“We’re not going so far as to have that sort of puppetry really on the nose aspect of it, but we definitely didn’t want to burnish away the style of the original,” said head writer Rob Hoegee. “Sometimes you’ll see when a ship comes in to land, while it’s a CG ship, every once in a while there’ll be a little bit of herky-jerkiness to it so it looks like it’s a model on a string coming down to land in the dirt. There was definitely some specific intent when the characters were being designed to give them that constructed look.” Read More »
James Wan presented a panel on this summer’s horror sequel The Conjuring 2 at Wondercon. Afterwards, /Film joined other journalists on a press line to speak with Wan. Being at a comic book convention, every journalist had their own question about Wan directing the solo Aquaman movie and Wan was gracious about answering every one. For us, he revealed that the world of Aquaman is inspiring some of his horror sensibilities. Think sea monsters! Read More »