SAN DIEGO, United States, July 19, 2022 (AFP) — Comic-Con is finally back in California this week, with “The Lord of the Rings” and “Game of Thrones” events vying for ratings among thousands of fans. are competing. World famous pop culture.
Along with its Marvel superheroes, Disney will also showcase its upcoming releases at the International Fair, which returns to its original format in San Diego after a two-year pandemic.
“I think it will be like Comic-Con 2019,” said David Glanzer, the event’s head of communications, although attendees dressed as hobbits, dragons or princesses will have to wear masks.
“We’re back. Maybe there are tears of joy. It’s very emotional,” Glanzer said in an interview with AFP.
In addition to 135,000 enthusiasts, the science fiction, comics and fantasy fair attracts Hollywood’s biggest studios and their stars to reveal upcoming projects.
And this year’s announcements start with “Dungeons & Dragons.” The most expensive film adaptation of the world’s most famous RPG will be released in March 2023 with the participation of stars such as Michelle Rodriguez, Chris Pine, Hugh Grant and Reggae-Jean Page.
Two new television series may dominate the week’s headlines: Amazon Prime’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” and HBO’s “House of the Dragon.”
“The Rings of Power” is Amazon’s ambitious saga that delves into JRR Tolkien’s universe long before the events portrayed in Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning trilogy.
The series will run for five seasons and will start from September 2. It has been estimated to cost Amazon over $1 billion, and is said to be a personal passion of its founder, Jeff Bezos.
Most of the budget was used to buy and produce the rights to Tolkien’s universe.
This Friday, Amazon will be bringing its hobbies, elves and dwarves, to Hall H at Comic-Con, at the gates of which fans wait for hours and even days to secure a seat that will allow them to watch the series. Allows to taste.
– Rings Vs. Thrones – The next day, HBO will reveal “House of the Dragon,” the first “Game of Thrones” spinoff series based on the fictional world of Westeros created by George R.R. Martin.
Martin refrained from talking about the rivalry between these megafranchises. “I want both the shows to reach audiences who appreciate them and have quality television. A great imagination,” he said.
“The more success we have in the fantasy genre, the more fantasies we have of the future,” he wrote in a blog post.
HBO hopes that the prequel will live up to the widespread popularity of the original series, which, for eight seasons, has become a pop culture hallmark, winning fan episodes and countless imitations, as well as winning 59 Emmy Awards, a record. come for. For a TV drama.
Starring Matt Smith, Rhys Ifans, and Emma D’Arcy, “House of the Dragon” tells the story of the ferocious dragon-breeding Targaryen family nearly 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones.”
Its stars will be in Hall H just after a presentation by HBO affiliate Warner Bros. Pictures, in which actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will promote his upcoming superhero film “Black Edma”.
Disney hasn’t revealed its lineup for Hall H yet, but rumor has it that it will eventually reveal the long-awaited sequel to “Black Panther 2.”
This Comic-Con will also include the farewell to AMC’s hit “The Walking Dead,” with the Doomsday series saying goodbye to its final season, as well as the launch of the spin-off series “Tales of the Walking Dead.”
Despite the news, Glanzer points out that Comic-Con is first and foremost a community for its fans.
Glanzer said, “It’s a luxury to be able to people-watch and have fun, enjoy comics and pop art. I can’t wait.” “There is nothing better than taking this opportunity and sharing it with your friends.”
Walt Disney Company
Time Warner Inc.