Fearing Twilight stampede, Comic-Con moves Avatar

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Comic-Con has posted its new Friday schedule today and has already rejiggered its Thursday lineup, which went live yesterday, to move Fox's and James Cameron's Avatar preview out of the line of fire of Summit Entertainment's The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

Looks like the change was made in light of last year's disastrous scheduling of the first Twilight movie panel, for which fans began lining up at the San Diego Convention Center's Hall H the day before and staking out seats, to the detriment of fans who wanted to see other panels.

After initially scheduling Avatar and its preview of 3-D footage on Thursday morning, with New Moon slated for midday, the schedule has now been changed to put New Moon on at 1:45 p.m. (as part of Summit's panel on its full slate of films) and pushed Avatar back to 3 p.m.

Of course, this doesn't help Disney's much-hyped 11 a.m. panel, featuring the first 3-D footage ever shown at the convention, including a first glimpse of the new Tron movie.

(Thanks to SlashFilm for raising the issue.)