Comic-Con: Legendary brings ‘Warcraft,’ ‘Crimson Peak,’ Michael Mann, King Kong

July 26, 2014 | 3:27 p.m.
Guillermo del Toro attends the Legendary Pictures panel for "Crimson Peak" on Day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in San Diego. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Guillermo del Toro attends the Legendary Pictures panel for “Crimson Peak” on Day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in San Diego. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

The giant monsters business is turning out to be a great one for Legendary.

During the company’s Comic-Con International presentation in Hall H on Saturday, “Godzilla” filmmaker Gareth Edwards confirmed that he will direct a sequel to the monster hit, courtesy of a cheeky video message, and the company also revealed that the other three iconic creatures from the Toho canon will probably make an appearance in the followup: Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah.

Further, at the end of the session, Tull announced courtesy of a separate video piece that the company will bring King Kong back to the screen in a 2016 film titled “Skull Island.”

In between the monster moments, Legendary touted the August horror film, “As Above, So Below,” set in the Paris catacombs, debuted the first teaser from Duncan Jones’ 2016 blockbuster game adaptation “Warcraft” (which he likened to making “Avatar” and “Lord of the Rings” simultaneously) and even brought Michael Mann to the stage with actor Chris Hemsworth to promote his upcoming cyber thriller, “Black Hat,” with a new trailer for the movie, which arrives in theaters in January.

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Hemsworth said he found the experience of working with Mann “intimidating,” adding, “No one does precision and detail like him. It was just the best experience I could have had.”

But it was filmmaker Guillermo del Toro who drew the loudest cheers with the first trailer for the 2015 gothic romance, “Crimson Peak,” starring Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston.

The fan-favorite writer-director played to crowd with a rules-breaking use of profanity (“I cannot curse, but it’s … awesome,” he said of the film), but offered insight into the look of the film and his motivations in crafting the R-rated tale.

“This is a movie that comes very close to a living painting,” he said. “I wanted the freedom to tackle a great adult story for a female lead…. We have scary ghosts, but I think scarier people.”

— Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex


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