The Book of Eli is still relatively unknown to those who do not follow movies regularly. It’s a post-apocalyptic movie starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, and Mila Kunis. While Kunis fits the scene perfectly fine, it is a bit jarring to see people like Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman at San Diego Comic Con — like gods of cinema visiting the people.
The movie is directed by the Hughes Brothers (From Hell), who admitted that Book of Eli was actually inspired by Planet of the Apes, though not in a literal way… more of an obscure inspiration. The movie’s tone is being compared to The Road Warrior, and Washington even trained in martial arts so that he could do all of his own fights. Very cool.
We’re told that the movie is set 30 years in the future where a major war has left few people behind and a lot of environmental changes. The main character is Eli (Washington), who’s on a mission of hope and is protecting a special book that is said to offer its owner large amounts of power to guide, lead, control, and manipulate with it. As it turns out, Mr. Oldman is once again playing the villain, and he’s out to get his hands on this book.
At the panel, the first chapter of the motion-comic that ties in with the movie was debuted. This chapter deals with Oldman’s character, Billy, as a child doing bad things and getting into trouble. The trailer for the film was also shown, which you can watch here below. It looks pretty insane. Note the cool Kill Bill-like sequence of Eli fighting several opponents.