Today was the first day of Comic-Con in San Diego, the annual geekfest that has become a mandatory destination for studios trying to generate buzz for their big tent-pole movies. Disney made a splash two years ago when it surprised attendees with test footage for a new TRON film that was early in development. Flash-forward to today, as Disney hosted a full panel on TRON: Legacy, it's big holiday release film for 2010. The new full trailer is a stunner.
Not too shabby, eh? Pay close attention to the "young" Jeff Bridges. Does he pass muster? Or does he take you to the uncanny valley? I think it works for me, so long as they don't linger on the eyes for too long. And unlike recent so-called 3D movies that were only converted to the 3D format as an afterthought to sell more ridiculously high-priced tickets (I'm looking at you Clash of the Titans and The Last Airbender), TRON: Legacy was actually filmed in 3D, which means you'll be getting a much more authentic experience should you choose to fork over the extra money.
But Disney, which has been surprising adept at putting on a good show for the Comic-Con crowd, had a couple of additional surprises. First there was a taped greeting from Johnny Depp, in character as Jack Sparrow, and in 3D (natch), teasing the audience about the zombies and mermaids that will be featured in next summer's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
But wait, there's more! Disney had one last surprise up it's sleeve. Are you ready for another attempt at making a movie out of The Haunted Mansion attraction? What if I told you that this version was being created by director Guillermo Del Toro and that Eddie Murphy would be nowhere in sight? Del Toro promises it will be "scary and fun at the same time" and that if you take your kids they will scream. Sounds good to me!