Ain't It Cool News (
Movie News

AICN Exclusive! Focus Features lets us peek at their Comic-Con line-up: Park Chan-Wook's THIRST and Shane Acker's 9!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here, already going through the early and often painful stages of formulating my schedule for Comic-Con 2009 in San Diego, which officially begins two weeks from today. While the full schedule for film panels has not yet been released, little bits of information have started to trickle out from certain studios. We know that for one day Hall H is getting turned into a 3-D showcase, which excites me to no end. I know a few of the panels set for this year, which talent is slated to come for those panels, and several of the films that are being "secretly" screened in the evenings. Schedules are made but schedules are fluid beyond belief. Still, it's the most fun I have working that hard for four days. And this year, I'm bringing a photographer with me! Two of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year in my book are coming out in the next couple of months, and both are from Focus Features: Shane Acker's bit of animated wonder, 9; and the vampire epic THRIST, from South Korean master Park Chan-Wook (J.S.A.: JOINT SECURITY AREA; OLD BOY; LADY VENGEANCE). I'm actually seeing THIRST next week, but if you're in San Diego in two weeks, you might get your shot at seeing it as well. Focus Features has given us an exclusive preview of what and who they're bring to Comic-Con this year. Here are the details: Special Edition Collectible Cards from 9 will be distributed daily throughout the San Diego Gaslamp District. The first 100 people to find the 8 character cards plus 1 exclusive machine card and bring their completed set (9 cards total) to NECA (Booth 4345) will win a guaranteed place in line to receive an autograph by Timur Bekmambetov (a producer on 9 as well as the director of such favorites as NIGHT WATCH, DAY WATCH, and his English-language debut WANTED), director Shane Acker, and Elijah Wood, who voices the character 9. The NECA booth will have the latest 9 and CORALINE news. On the Con's first full day (after Wednesday's Preview Night) Thursday, July 23, the THRIST panel takes place in Hall H from 6:30 to 7:30pm, with the aforementioned coolest director working today Park Chan-Wook in attendance. On Friday, July 24, beginning at 11:00 am, attendees can stop by the G4 Booth (4249) to get a free pass to a screening of Park's THIRST, while supplies last. The screening itself will be that night at 9:00pm (only folks with passes will know where), followed by a Q&A with Park. Also on Friday the 24th is the 9 panel from 2:30 to 3:30pm, also in Hall H. Guests will include director Shane Acker, producers Timur Bekmambetov and Tim Burton, and stars Elijah Wood and Jennifer Connelly (who voices the character 7). Other sites have reported rumors that 9 will also screen during Comic-Con, but I've got no confirmation of that as yet. Fingers crossed on both hands. I feel fairly confident we'll be bringing you interviews connected to both films, so keep an eye out. I'm sure we'll have much more to come, so keep checking back for updates. I'd love to know what those of you coming to San Diego are excited to see... -- Capone

Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • July 8, 2009, 11:31 p.m. CST


    by Turd Furgeson

  • July 8, 2009, 11:32 p.m. CST

    And Second

    by Turd Furgeson

  • July 8, 2009, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Not third!

    by Lashlarue


  • July 8, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST


    by xalener

    It's a shame to know that Tim Burton's getting all the credit for this, though. I mean outside the internet. third/fourth/fifth

  • July 8, 2009, 11:36 p.m. CST

    One thing about living in San Diego...

    by Heckles stay miles away from the convention center on Comic-Con weekend. My view from the patio at the bar(s) will be very exciting, indeed.

  • July 8, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Comic-Con is too overblown

    by Heckles

    The panels fill up too quick, there is an assload of people, and the 'net coverage is better than being there. Used to get press passes, don't even bother now.

  • July 8, 2009, 11:39 p.m. CST

    before he gets to this one

    by xalener

    TITBAG sucks.

  • July 8, 2009, 11:41 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Movie looks very promising.

  • July 8, 2009, 11:46 p.m. CST


    by BubbaDestructo

    Is me. And yes, the movie will be great.

  • July 8, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    I'll be there for my third year in a row.

    by HellKing

    Personally I've gotten into about 95% of the panels I've wanted to see. It's an orderly chaotic circus. The crowd is intimidating but if you get in line not at the last minute... they may be long but you can get in. You may not get a good seat at first but you're in. I like getting all the free and exclusive crap. Who doesn't like free crap?

  • July 9, 2009, 12:01 a.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

  • July 9, 2009, 12:01 a.m. CST

    How about 9.99?

    by Bass Ackwards

    .99 cents better than 9! I haven't seen either, but it does seem like a good year for claymation movies with 9 in the title.

  • July 9, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST

    and a dozen

    by DrMorbius

  • July 9, 2009, 12:07 a.m. CST

    First and Foremost AVATAR

    by DrMorbius

    The real problem is, too many good things going on at the same time. Can't see everything!

  • July 9, 2009, 12:39 a.m. CST

    I'd consider going to get passes for THIRST...

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    But, damn, I hate the crowds in San Diego during Comic Con. Haven't gone to since 99, I think. Too bad it's all Hollywood bullshit...

  • July 9, 2009, 12:40 a.m. CST

    "let's us peak"??? How about "lets us peek"? ;-)


    Please. Thanks.

  • July 9, 2009, 3:21 a.m. CST

    for you animation fans

    by bacci40

    Hayao Miyazaki is making his first (and after he experiences the insanity, probably his last) appearance at the con<p> i will not be there, and im still trying to figure out why con organizers still refuse to stream any of the panels....its time

  • July 9, 2009, 3:25 a.m. CST

    allow me to say this as a previous attendee

    by bacci40

    before hollywood discovered the con<p> the entire experience was great, as it was the only time in the year that as an og geek, i felt normal...surrounded by people just like me, and being able to meet and chat with the creators that i so admired<p> my god, i got to shake hands with eisner and kirby<P> i understand the need for the hollywood crowd and money, but god, i miss those days

  • July 9, 2009, 4:48 a.m. CST

    My reason for living starts with an "A"

    by standundermyumbrella

    I want extensive coverage on that CAPONE!

  • July 9, 2009, 6:58 a.m. CST


    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    That movie looks really fucking good! Wouldn't fight the Con to see it, though!

  • July 9, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST

    the comic con backlash...

    by scaryskeleton

    is inevitable given how crazy crowded the con has become, but it is still the most fun to be had in the country if not the world that week. I too remember the days before hollywood and the insane crowds, when going on Thursday meant that it was relatively empty on the floor...but I still love going. Two more weeks!

  • July 9, 2009, 11:08 a.m. CST

    "Thirst" tickets shall be mine!!

    by gruntybear

    Although I kind of find it a little odd that Comic-Con '09 news/rumors have been fairly tame this year. We need more scoops! What to expect? Where to be?

  • July 9, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST

    I can't fucking wait for Thirst

    by Kammich

    I'll be there opening night if it gets a release out in my bumfuck area(Norfolk, VA)... unfortunately, i'll probably be there by myself, because my friends are brainless douches and my girlfriend is too squeamish. But in recent months I've been getting hooked on Korean cinema; the elegant cinematography, the tongue-in-cheek, quirky approach to subject matter; the brilliant use of music... to me, Korean cinema represents everything that is good, to me, about movies. Unfortunately, I've only seen a limited number of them, mostly the ones that were enormous hits over there: Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, Memories of Murder, The Host, etc. If any of you guys have some good suggestions for what I should watch next, let me know.

  • July 10, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    Hmmm, No Heroes panel listed yet...

    by StatelyWayneManor

    I wanted to see her again now that she is legal.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    No Cigarettes today?

    by orcus