Goosebumps, The Giver, Goonies, And More Highlight San Diego Comic-Con 2014's Thursday Schedule

That time of year is almost upon us. In just two weeks, geeks and nerds from around the world will be hopping in their cars and boarding planes to head out to southern California for the annual San Diego Comic-Con. As always, we expect that the event will be packed with all kinds of big announcements and sneak peeks, but what hasn’t been clear is precisely what is going to be on display. Today the roll-out of that information has begun.

So, what are the big film programs going down in the big rooms of San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 24th? Read the samples from the official schedule below!

Dreamworks AnimationTBAThursday July 24, 2014 11:30am - 1:00pmHall HSony Pictures EntertainmentGet your first look at two of next summer's most anticipated films. First, Scholastic's iconic book series Goosebumps, written by R. L. Stine, has already captured the world's imagination-selling over 400 million books worldwide. Now it's coming to the big screen, with Jack Black starring as the author himself and Rob Letterman directing. Jack and Rob will tell you all about how Stine's monsters are coming to life on the big screen. The film hits theaters on August 7, 2015. Then, stay tuned as director Chris Columbus has a special video announcement about his upcoming film Pixels, starring Adam Sandler (in theaters May 15, 2015)-you'll find out how one lucky Comic-Con badge-holder might win a chance to be a part of the movie.Thursday July 24, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pmIndigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego BayfrontThe GiverTwenty years in the making, fans of the novel can rejoice: The Giver is coming to the big screen. The Weinstein Company and Walden Media will premiere exclusive footage from the upcoming film with stars Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, director Phillip Noyce, and bestselling author Lois Lowry.Thursday July 24, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pmHall HParamount PicturesParamount Pictures will provide an inside look at their upcoming films. Attendees will view exclusive footage presented by special guests and hear the latest news for some of the year's most anticipated movies!Thursday July 24, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pmHall HEntertainment Weekly: The VisionariesA discussion between a couple of blockbuster directors on the art of filmmaking and a wide-ranging discussion about the future of film.Thursday July 24, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pmHall HGoonies Never Say DieWith Richard Donner's announcement that a sequel to his beloved 1985 classic The Goonies is on the way, join Goonies cast members to explore how it became an iconic movie for an entire generation, why the film has stood the test of time, and possible insights into the much anticipated sequel. Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) moderates a panel of cast members and special surprise guests, including a Q&A session.Thursday July 24, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pmIndigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Going through the list of announcements, the big titles that stick out are Goosebumps, Pixels, The Giver and even Goonies 2… but there’s still a lot of mystery as well. We can probably expect a good look at Penguins (the Madagascar spin-off) and the new Rocky and Bullwinkle - both of which are due out later this year – but could we also possibly get a first look at projects like B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations and Kung Fu Panda 3.

What Paramount Pictures has in store for us is the other big unknown, but the options are perhaps a bit clearer. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may use Comic-Con as just a little bit of a publicity push leading up to the movie’s release in August. The untitled Terminator reboot, which has been filming for the past few weeks, is another very likely possibility. The studio also has some other major franchise titles in the works, including G.I. Joe, Star Trek, Transformers and Mission: Impossible, but I’m not sure those new projects are far enough along to get time in Hall H.

At the end of this month we will have a core team on the ground to deliver all of the details straight out of San Diego Comic-Con, from the big news events to the footage screened. Stay tuned for that and keep an eye out in the next few days for more schedule information.

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