San Francisco’s WonderCon has released the following announcement:
WonderCon, Northern California’s largest comic book and pop culture convention, has teamed with Warner Bros. Pictures to offer attendees an opportunity to see a special advanced screening of the epic action adventure inspired by graphic novelist Frank Miller, 300, directed by Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead). The film opens everywhere March 9.
The special screening will be held on the first day of WonderCon, Friday, March 2, 2007. “We are extremely excited about this,” said David Glanzer, spokesperson for the non-profit event, “and extremely honored that Warner Bros. has chosen WonderCon for this exclusive screening.”
Last summer Warner Bros. Pictures unveiled select footage of 300 at WonderConâ€™s sister event, the San Diego Comic-Con, to thunderous applause. “Everyone was so excited that the 6,500 fans who saw the footage demanded it be replayed twice,” said Glanzer.
Those who have pre-registered as 3-day and Friday-only members for WonderCon will be eligible to take part in the free drawing to be held on Friday at the show with the screening taking place that night.
In addition to the screening, Warner Bros. Pictures will hold a special panel discussion of 300 on Saturday during the show. WonderCon will be held March 2 â€“ 4, 2007 at Moscone Center South in San Francisco, California, and advanced registration is available online at www.comic-con.org.
Inspired by the work of graphic novelist Frank Miller, creator of Sin City, 300 is an epic adventure about passion, courage, freedom and sacrifice embodied by the Spartan warriors who fought one of the greatest battles in history. Co-written and directed by Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead), the film brings Millerâ€™s acclaimed graphic novel to life by combining live action with virtual backgrounds that capture his distinct vision of this ancient historic tale.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Legendary Pictures and Virtual Studios, a Mark Canton / Gianni Nunnari Production, 300. The film stars Gerard Butler (Phantom of the Opera), Lena Headey (The Brothers Grimm), David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Dominic West (The Forgotten). The screenplay is written by Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad and Michael B. Gordon, based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. 300 is produced by Gianni Nunnari (The Departed), Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann (Land of the Dead) and Jeffrey Silver (Training Day) with Deborah Snyder, Frank Miller, Craig J. Flores, Thomas Tull, William Fay and Benjamin Waisbren serving as executive producers.
WonderCon is operated by Comic-Con International, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.