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Hunger Games, Divergent pushed aside for new Comic Con fare

Published on Jul 25, 2014 11:18 AM

SAN DIEGO (REUTERS) - Young adult film franchises have dominated the conversation at San Diego's annual Comic Con gathering in recent years, but as the buzz-building convention kicked off on Thursday, the absence of established blockbusters has allowed studios to push new fare targeting a similar audience.

Without the star-studded film panels promoting November's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, the next instalment in the series starring Jennifer Lawrence, or next year's Insurgent, the sequel to this year's Divergent film, convention-goers will fill up on a new crop of dystopian thrillers.

"It does feel strange that there's no big young adult panel at Comic Con this year, but what's interesting is that there are some young adult-orientated panels that are going to pick up the slack," said Dave Karger, chief correspondent of Fandango.

The Twilight series, Hunger Games and Divergent have all been highlights at Comic Con's main Hall H, where audiences are shown exclusive footage and studios organise promotional panels with stars and filmmakers.

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