The LA Times has announced that 20th Century Fox and all of its subsidiaries have dropped out of Comic Con 2007. This is coming just seven days before the festivities are to start.

The studio had a number of films lined up for their annual presentation. They included Jumper directed by Doug Liman and starring Hayden Christensen and Samuel L. Jackson, Aliens vs. Predator, Vin Diesel's Babylon A.D., and Hitman starring Timothy Olyphant. Now, we will not be seeing clips from any of those movies.

Sean Dudas, Fox's vice president of national publicity, stated, "Fox is not going to be able to participate in Comic-Con this year. The material wasn't ready and we only want to go out when we can put our best foot forward. Obviously, we will have to find other ways to get materials out to the fans and hopefully those will be ready soon."

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Chud.com claims that Fox pulled out because last year's raunchy Borat presentation has strained their relationship with the Con. Chud.com's scooper writes, "(Comic Con) told Fox that there was absolutely to be no R rated materials during the presentations. The trouble with that is that all of the film's on Fox's slate are R rated, with Aliens vs. Predator finishing up a red band trailer. (I'm not sure about Jumper 's rating, but in typical Liman fashion that film has a long way to go before the editors can make sense of it.) Anyway they said the cost of a couple hundred grand just wasn't worth it when they could just release all the stuff on the Internet."

B. Alan Orange