Comic-Con: While You Were Sleeping
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So none of us could make it to the San Diego Comic-Con this year, but that won’t stop us from obsessively checking Twitter for the latest announcements, because, you know, that’s an entirely healthy to deal with not being there in person, right? Right? Well, just in case you’re not trying to live vicariously through Comic-Con attendees tweets for the next few days, here’s a round-up of some of the best announcements from yesterday. Hit the jump for info on Stephanie Meyer’s The Host, details on the reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise, and even how to acquire your very own Aperture Laboratories jumpsuit!
- Disney unveiled Sam Raimi’s first trailer for Oz: The Great And Powerful. Here it is!
- Josh Trank, director of the well-received teen found-footage sci-fi flick Chronicle, will direct the reboot of The Fantastic Four. The film will be put ahead of his other projects, which includes Venom movie, a Shadow of the Colossus adaptation, and a film based on The Red Star. Talk about a nerdy filmmaker to watch out for! (via Comic Book Resources.)
- Ever wanted to be the test subject of a very evil research corporation? Well, now is your chance to pretend, at least: the toy company NECA will be selling socks made to look like Aperture’s long fall boots in addition to the orange jumpsuit worn by Chell in both Portal and Portal 2. Pair these with their replica Portal gun and you’re good to go! Neat! (via Kotaku.)
- IDW will be publishing a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic comic by Kate Cook and Andy Price. (via Comics Beat.)
- Capcom USA, Inc. and Assassin’s Fist Limited have teamed up to produce a live-action Street Fighter series. According to the press release “this takes the story right back to the start – the origins and motivations of Ryu, Ken, Gouken and Akuma. This will become the definitive back-story from which further epic adventures will follow.” It’s being done by the creator of the Street Fighter: Legacy fan film, Joey Ansah. We totally knew he’d make something of himself one day.
- Over at Marvel’s Next Big Thing panel, Jeff Parker announced that the Red Hulk series will turn into the Red She-Hulk series starting with issue #58. According to Parker, ““she may be the first Hulk who isn’t just angry, but is righteously angry and chooses to AIM her anger.” (via Comic Book Resources.)
- Firefly fan-favorite Alan Tudyk will star as King Candy in Disney’s video game homage Wreck-It Ralph. Oh, and Skrillex is scoring some scenes, so prepare for some sweet bass drops. (via Slash Film.)
- Twilight fans were treated with 7 minutes of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 during the Twilight panel. Stephanie Meyer announced that her new film The Host, an adaption of her latest non-Twilight novel, would include a love triangle with characters played by star Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel. Hm, that sounds familiar…The Host opens Easter weekend 2013. (via Deadline.)
- Lionsgate TV, the studio behind Weeds and Mad Men, has acquired the TV rights to Zenescope’s Wonderland graphic novels. Brian Robbins, best known for his work on Smallville, will serve as an executive producer on the project. (via The Hollywood Reporter.)
- Neil Gaiman is set to do a Sandman prequel mini-series with art by J.H. Williams III. Everyone can collectively freak out now.
- In other shut up and take my money news: ThinkGeek has unveiled its Sonic Screwdriver Remote Control! You can “rotate [it] clockwise or counterclockwise to adjust the volume on your iPod dock; flick the Sonic Screwdriver up and down to change TV channels or navigate the program guide; and even open your DVD tray by pulling back on the Sonic Screwdriver,” for only $99.95. Will this get me any closer to being the Doctor’s next companion? (via USA Today.)