20th Century Fox issued a stunt heavy panel at Comic-Con, bringing Biz Markie out to rap “Just a Friend,” casting a random member of the audience to fly to London to shoot a movie role, and announcing a last minute screening Friday night of “Let’s Be Cops” in San Diego.
Opting for quantity, the studio highlighted upcoming films “Maze Runner,” “Hitman: Agent 47,” “Book of Life,” and “The Kingsman: Secret Service” in addition to “Let’s Be Cops,” screening first look trailers and extended footage for each. In what appears to be status quo, the panels were also male heavy, but Fox made sure each panel had at least one woman.
Markie surprised the thousands of fans in Hall H with his performance of the classic song “Just a Friend” as Channing Tatum and his “Book of Life” stars danced and sang along.
Joining Tatum onstage were producer Guillermo Del Toro and director Jorge Guiterrez, who spoke in depth about their animated comedy and its distinct look that relies heavily on the imagery from Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a Mexican celebration of the dead.
Earlier in the showcase, Dylan O’Brien, who plays the protagonist in “Maze Runner,” spilled a major secret when he announced the death of a character (who does die in the book, from which the film was adapted). The 22-year-old actor was speaking about his toughest scene to film, and attempted to make light of his error.
Additionally, he also said that his character, Thomas, was no match for “The Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen. ““He would run away,” but he wouldn’t get to Katniss before “she’d take him out with an arrow,” he said.
Buddy pic “Let’s Be Cops” relied on comedic relief, with the Comic-Con advisory for panelists to watch their language being completely disregarded.
Rupert Friend is shooting “Homeland” so he missed the “Hitman” panel, but Colin Firth was in the house to promote “Kingsman.”
In total, Fox emphasized their slate as a whole, refusing to spend too much time on any one panel.