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Relativity Media brought out two of its more adult-orientated movies to Hall H this year, the action revenge thriller Haywire and period thriller The Raven.
Starting this panel was Haywire, with appearances from director Steven Soderbergh and stars Gina Carano and Channing Tatum. Starting with a trailer and showing some footage, Soderbergh stated he did have a story mind at first, he just wanted to make a female revenge thriller and wanted to work with Carano.
Soderbergh mentioned that all the characters have their own fighting style. Michael Fassbender had a very physical fight with Carano, even getting hit in the face with a vase and all parties had a little laugh about it. Carano commented that she had to go through major training regimen and earn respect for the acting profession.
During the question-and-answer session, Tatum told the audience he is not allowed to talk about “G.I. Joe 2,” but he loves Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who will star in the film. Soderbergh also commented on his retirement and said it seems rumours were blown out of proportion.
Next came The Raven, a historical thriller about Edgar Allen Poe (John Cusack), who is challenged by a serial killer to solve a mystery. James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) directs, his first movie without the Wachowskis producing. On the panel was McTeigue, Cusack, Alice Eve (She’s Out of Your League) and Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans, 2010). McTeigue claims that there have not been many movies about Poe and the movie gave him some liberty in terms of storytelling.
Cusack compared Poe to Hunter S. Thompson and Evans said Poe and the killer are being drawn together. Eve has just finished Men In Black III and stated she could not talk about the latest season of Entourage. Evans is set to appear in Immortals and The Three Musketeers later this year and eventually in both parts of The Hobbit.
Haywire comes out Jan. 20 and The Raven will be released on Mar. 9.