Francis Ford Coppola will show portions of his upcoming film “Twixt” at Comic-Con International.
“Twixt,” the story of a writer who gets caught up in a murder mystery, is meant to be an interactive experience incorporating 2-D and 3-D elements, Coppola spokeswoman Nicolette Aizenberg said.
In tow at the Comic-Con presentation will be Dan Deacon, an electronic musician well known for his live performances, which usually involve large-scale audience participation.
Coppola’s Saturday, July 23, presentation at Hall H — the main stage at the annual gathering of fanboys, filmmakers, cinephiles and stars — marks the first time the iconic director has attended Comic-Con since 1991, when he brought his lavish adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” to San Diego.
“Twixt” stars Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Ben Chaplin and “Super 8” star Elle Fanning as a mysterious ghost, and brings Coppola back to his roots in horror, which were planted during the 1960s under the tutelage of Roger Corman. The film’s story is inspired by Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Coppola’s own vivid dreams, Aizenberg said in a media release.
The Coppola announcement comes after a handful of major franchises, including “The Avengers,” “The Hunger Games” and “John Carter,” opted out of Hall H presentations this year. That’s not to say the event will be lackluster; several films are going big in San Diego, including “Cowboys & Aliens,” which will premiere at the convention. And, as always at Comic-Con, there are sure to be several surprises.
— Noelene Clark
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