Comic-Con: Warner Bros. Panel Report
Friday at Comic-Con got underway with the Warner Brothers presentation. The swag bag included a Get Smart t-shirt with "KAOS" written on one side and "CONTROL" on the other. Not so surprisingly, no one under the age of 20 seemed to know what this meant, but Warner Brothers needn't worry because the kids love The Rock. And, because this is Comic-Con, The Rock (Agent 23) put in an appearance along with his Get Smart co-stars Steve Carrell, Masi "unofficial Comic-Con poster boy" Oka, Studio 60's Nate Torrence and Borat's Ken Davitian mercifully wearing pants.
The Get Smart footage wasn't exclusive, and the cast took most of their alloted panel time to laud the earlier work of Don Adams, Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. They dropped a few hints that Mel and Buck might put in an appearance in the movie, but the big news for vintage TV buffs is that Agent 13 and Hymie the Killer Robot will make cameo appearances. Otherwise, Carrell looks great in the preview, and perhaps most aptly described the film's style as "comedic Bourne Identity."
Carrell didn't have any insight into where The Office was going except to say that thirteen of next season's episodes have been written, and Ryan's new role at corporate is going to change the dynamic of the show quite a bit.
And, I think it needs to be reiterated once more. The kids love The Rock. Seriously, he might as well have been alone on the stage. He was peppered with "how much can you bench" questions and exclamations of "you're friggin' awesome." I think Get Smart is going to do just fine at the box office.
In other TV news from the Warner Brothers panel:
- Shannyn Sossamon, star of One Missed Call, worked on Mr. Show with Bob and David, but couldn't really answer one fan's question, "What was it like to work with gods living on Earth?" She was on the set for a day and couldn't recall much of her interaction with Bob and David aside from having a small crush on Mr. Cross.
- Super producer Joel Silver, who appeared to promote the film Whiteout, did mention that progress on Speed Racer was extraordinary with Emile Hirsch and Christina Ricci completely embodying their roles as Speed and Trixie. We can expect some Matrix-style paradigm-busting effects and a vigorous tip of the hat to the original animation.
Unfortunately, no Batman or Speed Racer footage was shown at the Warner Con event.