20th Century Fox films “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “The Maze Runner” all had panels at the 2014 Wondercon. Panels and footage for each were presented — check out the highlights here.
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” was the first Fox film to hit the Wondercon stage. Presented by director Dean DeBlois and Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), the sequel takes place five years after the original. The hero is antsy about growing up and taking on responsibility, so Hiccup and his dragon go out to explore the world.
This is seen as the second film in a trilogy, by the way. Djimon Honsou, Kit Harrington and Cate Blanchett are new voices added to the cast.
“X-Men” brought director Simon Kinberg. He talked about lots of characters and James Cameron’s assist on time travel. Footage of rather depressing fight scenes (all of the heroes pretty much die) and all that time travel just added to the spectacle. Oh and Richard Nixon interacts with the mutants.
“We probably could have done better with Dark Phoenix, so this is our attempt to make up for that,” Kinberg said.
“Secret Service” is a comic-based film that’s still very much in production. It follows a group of covert agents who are privately funded in order to function without bureaucracy. Colin Firth, and Samuel L. Jackson star as nemeses.
Note: Do NOT interrupt Firth while he’s drinking beer.
For “The Maze Runner, author James Dashner, director Wes Ball and actors Dylan O’Brien and Will Poulter were all part of the panel. From their comments and from footage shown, here are the highlights:
- Ball really wanted to see the maze change and inserted a scene showing it. It’s pretty spectacular.
- “You don’t have to do much background,” O’Brien said of playing a character with no memory.
- Still no Grievers see in the footage.
- Believe it or not, “The Maze Runner” is not considered a big-budget movie.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is another sequel, taking the next step to the time when apes control the planet. Director Matt Reeves called the film an “ape world creation.” The first several minutes of the movie focuses on the evolving, intelligent apes — only later is interaction between humans and apes featured. The human world is in ruins after a devastating virus, and the apes seem to be coming out on top.
Cast members Keri Russell, Gary Oldman and Andy Serkis showed up for the panel as well. James Franco was not, but they promised that Will would be “recalled” in the sequel.