UPDATE 6:40 PM PT: Comic-Con International has provided CBR News with a statement on the news that 20th Century Fox will skip a Hall H presentation at this year’s convention in San Diego, due to piracy concerns.
As any fan of Comic-Con knows there are a great many things that go into making a great panel presentation. For television networks and movie studios sometimes that includes exclusive footage, and while we have been very diligent in trying to prevent footage from being leaked, the truth is today’s technology makes any guarantee difficult.
We are working with our friends at the different studios and networks in hopes of finding a remedy that will be beneficial to them, us and most importantly the fans who make Comic-Con the best convention of its kind in the world.
Original story: Fans eager to learn more about 20th Century Fox’s slate of X-Men films will be disappointed to learn that the studio will not be attending San Diego’s Comic-Con International this year. The report comes from The Wrap, who says that a source close to the studio has said that Fox has pulled out of a Hall H presentation, which would include sneak peeks and information about upcoming Fox movies, over piracy concerns. CBR has confirmed The Wrap’s report, and learned that while Fox will not present in Hall H, the studio will have a presence at SDCC for some of its upcoming movies.
The Wrap’s source states that the studio feels that it cannot keep the exclusive trailers and early footage they usually screen during the presentation from being pirated and uploaded to the internet. During last year’s presentation, Fox screened footage from both “Deadpool” and “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Both of those exclusive videos were pirated and online days later.
A separate source added that footage from “Wolverine 3” would be unfinished considering that it doesn’t open in theaters until March 2017. Still, the Wrap says that early looks at this December’s “Assassin’s Creed” film (starring Michael Fassbender) and “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” could have been screened, along with possibly something from the third “Wolverine.” In addition to “Wolverine 3,” Fox has a number of X-Men spinoff films in the works, including “Deadpool 2,” “Gambit,” “New Mutants” and potentially “X-Force.”
The unnamed source also states that Walt Disney is also rumored to be dropping out of the convention as well, taking Marvel Studios along with it, although the Wrap says a Disney rep denied that claim.
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