At the Hard Rock I ran into Tron producer Sean Bailey, who seemed relieved that his baby went over well at Hall H. He's now Disney's head of production, trying to figure out how to play the game at a time when no one knows what the rules are anymore. One good sign: talking Guillermo del Toro into directing Haunted Mansion. Del Toro was working at Miramax on Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, that he also introduced at Comic-Con, probably the most promising footage I've seen here. Bailey wanted Del Toro because he brings authenticity, he said, knowing that the Eddie Murphy adaptation carried negative baggage. Del Toro happened to respond enthusiastically. Shock Till You Drop has the official poster.
This one will have to be PG-13 though, as opposed to Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, which scared the bejeezus out of me. It's based on an old TV movie that Del Toro chased down rights to and developed over many years, trying to hang on to freedom from studio interference. He hired an animator-turned-director, Troy Nixey, who had sent him a short to see.
Tron: Legacy The newest trailer shows a shot of the young Jeff Bridges, the age he was in the original Tron. Also included: light discs cutting people in half and a spooky arcade.
Megamind Will Ferrell plays a blue-skinned cartoon villain that manages to kill the hero, Metro Man (voiced by Brad Pitt). With absolute power comes ennui.
Summit's new RED trailer shows fast-paced action sequences, and more lines from the drug-addled ex-CIA agent played by John Malkovich. This looks promising, mainly due to its stellar cast.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Johnny Depp appears in costume and dreadlocked to promise zombies in the next installment. Zombies + pirates = ?