Lionsgate, which has a new “Hunger Games” movie on the horizon, is going to be pulling out of Comic-Con 2023 in terms of film. But the studio will have a televised appearance at the annual geek convention in San Diego, bucking a trend the studio has been taking out this week, TheWrap has learned exclusively.
Speaking of TV, Lionsgate will have three shows at Comic-Con, including panels for the top-rated CBS comedy “Ghosts” on July 20, the 70s “John Wick” prequel event series “The Continental” with Peacock and the “Heels” panel on July 21 for Amazon Prime and July 22 for Starz.
According to insiders, Netflix, Sony Pictures, and as The Wrap first reported, Marvel Studios and Universal are sitting out next month’s Comic-Con.
Paramount will travel up to San Diego and return to Comic-Con to promote the upcoming animated film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem,” which has been generating positive buzz and strong buzz since its screening in Annecy, France. In 2022, Paramount promoted “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” at the convention and was one of the standouts at the con.
The writers’ strike, along with a possible SAG-AFTRA strike, is making it harder for studios and TV networks to come to the annual convention without product and artists to promote their projects. If SAG-AFTRA is unable to reach agreement on a new labor contract and orders a strike, the actors will be unable to do any promotional work for their movies and TV shows as part of the labor strike.
SAG-AFTRA could order a strike any time after their current contract with the Hollywood studio expires on June 30, if no agreement is reached. San Diego Comic-Con is set to take place the weekend of July 21st.