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Comic-Con ’07: Warner Bros. Preview

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This morning’s Warner Bros. presentation attracted thousands who stood in the sweltering sun fending off cuties with carts carrying overpriced agua.

Genre-wise it’s going to be a busy year for the studio with the upcoming releases One Missed Call, Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat and the Kate Beckinsale-starring Whiteout. So, without further adieu, here’s some of the finer points from the panel…

First up was One Missed Call…with Ed Burns and Shannyn Sossamon.

- Decent trailer full of ghosts with f’ed up faces. Slick look and cast.

- Burns enjoyed working with a cast of primarily women.

- The director had his cast avoid the Miike original but Shannyn says she’ll be catching up to it now

- Story concerns ghosts traveling through cell phone signals; people get a call and it’s a ticking clock until their own death.

- Shannyn plays a college student, Burns plays a cop “with a heart of gold” and they’re trying to figure the mystery out.

Whiteout with Joel Silver, director Dominic Sena and creator Greg Rucka…

- Film is due sometime in ’08.

- Rucka on the adaptation, “I’m stunned, they’ve taken the best we’ve created and have turned it into a movie. There are things we would’ve loved to have done on the comic book page, that we couldn’t do.” One scene stunned him on set, one he thought couldn’t be done.

- It was a serious set when Kate was around who had a sardonic dry sense of humor that’s too x-rated to be re-iterated to the Comic-Con attendees.

- Sena: Kate was Joel’s choice from the get-go, Joel: Carrie had to have an action vibe and credibility. Kate’s tough and really get its, she looks pretty good, his least favorite thing was she had to wear a parka the whole time.

- Film just finished a few weeks ago.

- Sharpe is not in the film, replaced by a character named Price, you get a different dynamic with the male-female thing. Rucka thinks the effect is different

- Sena says it’s an exciting experience, especially the world its set in. A unique murder-mystery set in an inhospitable environment lent something fresh. Every time you walk out your life is in your hands because of the elements.

- Rucka says the film is set in a bright world. Ice, sunlight all set an unconventional tone for the genre.

- Sena: Film was shot in a combo of real and fake snow up in Montreal.

- Sena had nothing but great things to say about the ensemble cast. Nothing had to be amputated from working in the cold.

- The cast and crew had to deal with a biting wind chill up in Canada and wore layers of thermals and parkas. There’d be at least one tow truck call a day because there’d be a stuck car, a car that wouldn’t start or one that hit a snow bank.

Beckinsale has joined the panel…

- Beckinsale, on the difference between this film and Underworld: “I slept with the director far fewer times. But yes, it is different, I was allowed to use my own teeth this time.” Feels Greg Rucka created a character that was real and human. She feels it’s hard to play an immortal (like her role in Underworld). “I got banged up and bruised on ‘Whiteout’…and I liked it.”

- Beckinsale says her time on this was relatively green screen-free. Pretty much everything she shot was practical.

- The trailer shown promised a faithfulness to the Greg Rucka graphic novel. Following a gruff voiceover that establishes the harsh climate of Antarctica, we’re introduced to U.S. Marshall Carrie Stetko (Beckinsale) – looking gorgeous, natch. She discovers, on the ice, a mutilated body with severe head trauma, crystalized skin, a nasty gash to the ass. There’s a brief line about it being the first murder in Antarctica then a flurry of images that show Stetko hurrying through a “whiteout,” someone with a nasty case of frostbite (you know who it is if you’ve read the comic) and a glimpse of a possible killer.

- Nicole Kidman was not present to talk about The Invasion but she did record a message to the crowd from the set of her latest film “Australia.”

Source: Ryan Rotten