Comic Con 2013 Coverage
Comic Con has become a great place from publishers to share world premieres, updates, and upcoming projects and this Comic Con 2013 coverage has a lot of fresh, new projects to share with fans.
The cast of the upcoming movie based on the young adult book Divergent and author Veronica Roth met to discuss the making of the movie, the upcoming third book in the trilogy, and to release a trailer for the movie. Veronica Roth revealed that the third book, Insurgent, would be from both Tris and Four’s perspective, a unique approach that would show not only the point of view of the heroine of the series, but also her love interest. When a fan asked Roth how she felt about how the romance between these characters was portrayed in the movie, she said she was pleased with the result.
Fans were introduced to the cast of the movie including Beatrice “Tris” Prior played by Shailene Woodley, Theo James as Four, and Ansel Elgort as Caleb Prior.
Game of Thrones
The Game of Thrones panel included updates from George R. R. Martin and the cast of the HBO show. The author of the series answered many interesting fan questions including whether he would consider writing more books set in the land of Westeros and he instantly replied that he thinks he should finish writing these books first with a smirk. He admitted he would consider writing more books, particularly about the Mad King Targaryen. The author had received quite a few angry letters about the series and was unfazed by the fan-hate. He had heard of readers throwing books across the room, into the fire, and elsewhere, but he admitted he would not have it any other way.
Another fan asked Martin if he shared information with the actors in the yet unpublished works of the series as J. K. Rowling did with Alan Rickman. The answer was that Martin would not be opposed to sharing information with the actors, but some of them chose not to know what was going to happen. Peter Dinklage agreed that he was one of the actors that preferred not to know what was going to happen to his character, Tyrion Lannister, while Emilia Clarke, the actress who plays Daenerys Targaryen, has eagerly read all of the Song of Ice and Fire books. Martin adds that just because something happens in the novels, doesn’t mean it will happen in the show’s script.
The famous “red wedding” episode of the show was discussed by both the director and the actors on the show because it created such a strong reaction from the fans. The show’s creators explained that they wanted viewers to have a similar uncanny experience of having heard that familiar song before that plays right before the crucial moments. They initially wanted to use the beautiful Game of Thrones theme song music to ensure that viewers would recognize the tune, but ultimately came up with something similar that resulted in a similar reaction. Actress, Michelle Fairley who plays Catelyn Stark described the music from the episode to feel “like someone walked over your grave.”
Harrison Ford and the child actor cast as Ender, Asa Butterfield, in this classic science fiction novel turned movie met with fans to show an official trailer and discuss the making. Film-makers discussed how important it was for them to find the perfect actor to play young Ender Wiggin, and insisted that they believe they found the absolute best fit for the role. Butterfield was a well-spoken young man who discussed how he had taken on a very adult role without actually playing the part as an adult. When asked which of the props he would take home if he could, Butterfield with his native English accent described the futuristic toothbrush with led buttons and an astronaut style wash kit that he thought was interesting.
When asked whether the author of Enders Game had any part in contributing to the movie, the film’s director, Gavin Hood, found it a good time to point out that the homophobic outcries from the author are not shared by the film’s creators. Hood has since mentioned in interviews that it’s “ironic” that an author who wrote such a beautiful story of compassion and empathy would struggle with these concepts in real life. In regards to the movie itself, Hood said that he thinks viewers will enjoy the great story and the battle room where they show off some great special effects.
Harrison Ford said that he wanted the role as Colonel Graff because of the complexity of moral issues in the 25+ year old novel. When it was mentioned that the Colonel does not always have Enders best interests at heart, Ford insisted that the character was quite antagonistic and insisted that he shouldn’t be trusted. The 71 year old actor looked amazing on screen in the movie’s trailer and got a lot of love from the fans who lined up to ask him questions about Han Solo as well as his role as Indiana Jones.
What book do you wish was turned into a movie or show?