There were trailers, stars, and big reveals galore at the Paramount panel in Hall H this afternoon! San Diego Comic Con brought the big guns as usual, this time with a special appearance by Chris Nolan—who has never before attended a Comic Con.
Megan Fox also proved that she is the SDCC Mascot of Perfectly Weird Faces. As you can see. If we freezeframe the new Turtles movie, it will basically be all this, right?
First up was Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob Squarepants, there to announce that a new SpongeBob movie is coming! Apparently, the characters will be crossing into our world, and when they do, they’ll become 3D. When an audience member mentioned that this was a recurring nightmare that he has, Kenny became very serious and whispered So do I deep into the microphone, at which point we all gasped and stared at each other in horrifying recognition because…you too?
Kevin Eastman, creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, was next to talk about the upcoming Michael Bay-helmed film, joined by the producers, Megan Fox, and Will Arnett. The clips they were showing had the audience pretty excited, but fans asking questions were critical of the idea that the quartet could be aliens. When asked for their favorite turtle, the best answer by far was Eastman’s:
Mikey’s near and dear to my heart because he’s the first turtle ever drawn.
Oh, also, there’s a new trailer!
Next, a new movie called Project Almanac was announced, which is said to be a first person found-footage time travel yarn directed by Dean Israelite. Interesting to see what this film will bring!
The Rock then took the stage to massive applause, leting the audience know that he was screening Hercules (out in theaters tomorrow) that night, and everyone was invited. Although he didn’t touch on the other huge property he he keeps consistently linking himself to. Check him out at the below video:
Next up, the sequel you probably never knew you wanted: Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is on it’s way! You can check out the trailer (NSFW) here:
“Because everything IS like Terminator!”
The audience was shocked when Matthew McConaughey took the stage (with his trademark “alright alright alright!”) but he was equally surprised to see all of them—they turned up the lights of Hall H so he could get a better look at the crowd. He was there to introduce Interstellar, the next Chris Nolan project… and to better talk shop, he brought a friend: Chris Nolan himself.
Nolan has never made it to a Con, despite directing plenty of films that have been showcased and buzzed about heavily there, so the audience was indeed pleased to see him. He and McConaughey talked about Interstellar, the story of a man who gets the chance to explore space, but only if he makes the choice to leave his children behind. Nolan talked of how 2001 had influenced him as a child, and how he imagined we were entering a new era of exploration. They screened the trailer, which should be released publicly soon.
The new clip shows much more footage of McConaughey’s Cooper and Anne Hathaway’s Brand on the ship – stop reading now if you want to go into the film blind!
Cooper stares wistfully at a photo of Jessica Chastain, which would hint that she’s the now-deceased mother of his children, and Brand tries to start some romance with another crewmember on the way through the wormhole. But the most shocking moment came toward the end, when the trailer actually showed us what’s on the other side of the wormhole, and hinted at a terrifying encounter waiting for the travelers.
Since Christopher Nolan asked people not to post any of it online, we probably won’t have it to show you yet, but we did find a clip of McConaughey taking in the massive SDCC audience:
Finally, Batman got a chance to ask Christopher Nolan a question.
What a show! Looks like we’ve got a lot to look forward to from Paramount. Hopefully, the Rock will save us seats at his Hercules screening toni…ADMIT YOU’RE SHAZAM!
Image from Instagram user pinkfedora.
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