"Battle: Los Angeles" wows Comic-Con crowd

Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:31pm EDT

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SAN DIEGO (Hollywood Reporter) - Sony unveiled its first look Thursday for "Battle: Los Angeles," the studio's "Black Hawk Down"-meets-"District 9" take on a space invasion.

The March 2011 release doesn't have the big stars like the actioner "Red" nor the big comic-book brand name of "Green Lantern" or "The Avengers," so audiences at the annual Comic-Con gathering were unsure what to expect.

The extended clips, however, with their embedded-Marine aesthetic, combined with a destruction of Los Angeles on a massive scale, seemed to put the movie on people's radars.

The scenes only hinted at the look of the aliens and Jonathan Liebesman, onstage with producer Neal Moritz and actors Aaron Echkhart and Michelle Rodriguez, said he wanted to create aliens that were not creatures nor insects.

"We wanted something that literally alien," he said. "We designed something that had an almost a hint of biomechanical to it. And I haven't seen anything like this before."

The point-of-view look generated a lot of discussion during the Q&A.

"When I saw 40 minutes of this the other day, I literally grabbed my hands like an Xbox," described Rodriguez. "It's really like a first-person shooter game."

Eckhart, meanwhile, said he was convinced to do the movie by Liebesman, who showed him a presentation involving soldiers doing urban combat in Fallujah to show how he wanted to shoot the movie.

"We made a war movie. With aliens. Jonathan brought me to the part."

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