Wizard World Los Angeles, the family friendly comics and pop culture extravaganza at the LA Convention Center March 14-16, has locked a weekend full of amazing programming and panels. Highlights include Lucasfilms, NBC’s hit show “Heroes,” multiple panels on screenwriting, an “Incredible Hulk” retrospective with Lou Ferrigno the latest inside scoop at a Wizard-hosted Mega Movie Panel, plus so much more!
STAR WARS AND INDIANA JONES: WHAT’S HOT FROM LUCASFILM
Lucasfilm’s Steve Sansweet will showcase the exciting year that’s coming for fans. Enjoy sneak peek into the eagerly awaited animated television series, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” hearing insights from those closest to the creative process. Glimpse game play from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, the ground-breaking new game from LucasArts that promises to make players feel like they are inside the next chapter of the Star Wars Saga. And in the Indy world, hear inside news on the upcoming “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
HEROES TV PANEL
Join Co-Executive Producer Jeph Loeb as he discusses the smash NBC TV hit. Find out about the deadly virus that has plagued season two of the series and hear what’s in store for season three’s “Villains” storyline.
THE ULTIMATE SCREENWRITERS PANEL, PART 1 & 2
Want to know the secret to writing a great screenplay? Or maybe how to get your screenplay sold? Or just hear from legendary screenwriters? We bring together a pair of decorated screenwriters in Academy Award-nominated Bob Gale (“Back to the Future” and sequels) and Marc Guggenheim (“Law and Order,” “CSI: Miami,” “Eli Stone”) who also happen to be big-time comic writers (both will serve as rotating writers on Amazing Spider-Man). Additionally, hear from, Zak Penn (“The Incredible Hulk,” “The Avengers”), Mark Verheiden (“Teen Titans”) and John Cox (“Sgt. Rock”). This two-part panel represents a rare opportunity for a budding screenwriter to gain first hand knowledge from some truly amazing professionals.
ULTIMATES DIRECTOR’S COMMENTARY
Joe Madureira has returned to comics and he’s doing it grand style, teaming with legendary writer Jeph Loeb to take a turn on the superteam The Ultimates, created by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch. This will truly be an event as you’ll get to hear Madureira/Loeb dissect their first few issues of The Ultimates and tease what’s to come in this rare Madureira con appearance.
With the end of Messiah Complex and the future of the X-Men in doubt Craig Kyle, Chris Yost and Marc Guggenheim will provide insight into what lies ahead for the mutants in the Marvel Universe.
DCU: COUNTDOWN TO CRISIS
Dan DiDio, Senior VP—Executive Editor DCU, and Bob Wayne, VP—Sales, are confessing secrets for a panel that’s not to be missed. The Sinestro War has passed, the Countdown is nearly over, and a Final Crisis looms! What lies ahead for our favorite heroes? Find out here!
TOP COW 2008
Join Guest of Honor Marc Silvestri and the hottest creators from Top Cow as they give you a tantalizing sneak peek into Top Cow’s universe-altering 2008 plans! Find out about the buzzworthy new teams on Witchblade and The Darkness, check out the new candidates for Pilot Season 2008, and get the first hints about Top Cow’s super-secret summer event! Plus, every attendee will receive a FREE exclusive gift!
THE INCREDIBLE HULK RETROSPECTIVE WITH LOU FERRIGNO
Legendary TV personality Lou Ferrigno takes a unique interactive look at “The Incredible Hulk,” one of the most groundbreaking superhero-based shows in TV history. Featuring a riveting mix of video clips and photos, let Lou tell you about the makeup, fight scenes and dynamic with star Bill Bixby. Bonus: Hear Lou’s thoughts about June’s “Incredible Hulk” film!
MEGA MOVIE PANEL
Get ready for the next wave of comic movies. From “Iron Man” to “Incredible Hulk” to “The Dark Knight” to “Wolverine” to “Watchmen,” get the full scoop straight from Wizard Entertainment Editor Rickey Purdin on the movies that’ll be rocking the box office in the future. Bonus: Special guest appearance by “Wolverine” producer Jeff Katz!
“This could be one of our most amazing schedules of programming ever,” said Senior Vice President of Operations Joe Yanarella. “This year there is definitely something for everyone from the hardcore comic fan to aspiring filmmakers and those people who want the inside scoop of what is happening in the world of TV and feature films.”
For a complete list of events, registration forms, guests, activities, ticket prices and times, visit www.wizardworld.com.