Warner Bros had a sensational package of footage, trailers and first looks compiled together for attendees at Cinema Con this week for a presentation featuring its most anticipated upcoming feature films.
Undoubtedly Warner Bro’s most electrifying and anticipated film of the year is the breathtaking Godzilla. The presentation showboated some unseen footage from the film which was introduced by Godzilla Director himself Gareth Edward saying “We literally just finished the movie yesterday, Godzilla apologizes that he couldn’t be here today to present the film. He’s in a play on Broadway.” The footage showed previous extended sequences from the two released trailers along with multiple scenes of tsunamis, wreckage and destruction created in the wake of Godzilla. The footage shown also showed some of the first sequences we have seen of Bryan Cranston portraying his character Joe Brody in the film, with an emotional and what appears to be an amazing performance.
As well as Gareth Edward, Warner Bro’s presentation guestlist was astonishing with a boatload of actors and directors turning out at the event to support their upcoming productions. The guest list included Drew Barrymore, Frank Coraci and Adam Sandler introducing footage from their new comedy Blended along with Jupiter Ascending’s Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis; Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy for their outrageous comedy Tammy; Clint Eastwood appearing for his film Jersey Boys and finally making an appearance to please anticipating Cinemacon gowers for their new Sci-Fi, Thriller Transcendence, Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman.
Footage was also shown featuring Jersey Boys along with a very quick first look Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ which will be concluding the Hobbit trilogy. Practically every film presented as part of Warner’s summer slate received massive attention and applause from Cinema Con attendees although with other studios receiving a similar response to their slate the summer box office is certain to be brutal.
The presentation also gave way to discussion around Warner’s 2015-16 production slate, with The Lego Movie sequel and the recently announced film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s book series ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ be mentioned, as Warner Bros new minted CEO Kevin Tsujihara talked about the studios direction saying “Warner Bros. is committed to producing the very best in filmed entertainment. As you are painfully aware, other studios are shifting their emphasis away from film and plan to produce fewer movies. But we think that is a great opportunity for us to expand our footprint with a strong and balanced slate anchored by key franchises.”
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