Earlier this year, the adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter world, John Carter of Mars, hit theaters in the wake of great expectations. Unfortunately, it was met with disappointment from both sci-fi fans and Burroughs enthusiasts alike. Even before the official release, the early reviews made it out to be mediocre at best, dooming it failure. The huge losses that the movie took at the box office cemented the deal.
As it turns out, Jon Favreau was originally attached to the direct the film, but swapped the project out in favor of Iron Man, which, of course, got loads of praise. Andrew Stanton stepped in to take over, and the rest, as they say, is history.
So, to take some time for a “What If?” moment, what would Favreau have done differently if he had been in the director’s chair? In an interview with Crave Online, he had this to say about his own take on the film:
I probably wouldn’t have been as ambitious. I think both of us really appreciated the source material. Stanton started to weave in elements from the later books. I probably would’ve told a smaller story.
As we were developing the script it was much more the experience of John Carter being found in this new world and him coming up in a Man Called Horse kind of way among the Tharks and then opening up the world slowly.
Sounds like it could have been the best bet. After all, one good movie means the potential for sequels and more storytelling in the future. One bad movie means the death of the franchise.
Valentine’s may be over and the rejection may have worn off for some, but John Carter is not getting a break. Disney execs are scurrying around in panic this afternoon after the results of John Carter’s tracking numbers were leaked to the press. Deadline reported the results as follows:
“2 unaided, 53 aware, 27 definitely interested, 3 first choice….Women of all ages have flat out rejected the film.”
Now the most interesting part of the quote, seems to be the last. John Carter was not the official title of the film. This film initially went by the original title “Princess of Mars” due to the film being based on the first book of Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsom series. When books are being made into film it is custom to keep the title so as to attract the fan base that the book has and add to the fan base. Disney did not seem to go in that direction, which is odd seeing as they’ve made book based films such as: The Chronicles of Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Little Mermaid, and so on.
When asked on the reason for the changed title Writer/Director Andrew Stanton said in an interview:
“Here’s the real truth of it, I’d already changed it from A Princess Of Mars to John Carter Of Mars. I don’t like to get fixated on it, but I changed Princess Of Mars…because not a single boy would go,” he said. “And then the other truth is, no girl would go to see John Carter Of Mars. So I said, ‘I don’t won’t to do anything out of fear, I hate doing things out of fear, but I can’t ignore that truth.”
Stanton and the Disney may be gritting their teeth because this minor mistake in titling could cost them more money than they expected. Due to the tracking study, the film is estimated to gain only $100 million even though the film cost about $250 million to produce. With a loss this great and the film’s release coming up; there really isn’t much to do, but wait and see what the final results are.
John Carter, while being initially appealing last year seems to be losing steam and after taking from it the one thing that made it unique due to gender preference and, from what the company has divulged, is the sloppy seconds of someone else’s project. A representative from Disney was quoted as saying:
“We’re not running away from the movie. Our job is to sell it.”
They will have to come up with a new strategy to sell this film, and that will be a hard thing to do in three weeks. But hey, this is the company of dreamers and the imaginative types so this could work out. John Carter, starring Taylor Kitsch, Bryan Cranston, Lynn Collins, and Mark Strong, hits theaters March 9.
This NerdBastard was on the fence about spending any money to see this movie in theaters. My biggest fear was that this would be a He-Man / Carebears look at the pulp fiction masterpiece that is John Carter Warlord of Mars. In it’s day the series was edgy, bloody, and just great fun.
After watching the trailer my fears are somewhat allayed. The effects looks good and the scope seems big enough. The battle scenes made me think of the wonderful battles of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Take a look and let us know what you think, will this get you into that movie theater seat?
Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) stars with Willem Dafoe(Scare the crap out of you movie star), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), and Lynn Collins(Wolverine). John Carter hits theaters on March 9th 2012.
To help generate hype, Walt Disney Pictures is purposely leaking images from it’s production of John Carter, the live action film based on Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ 11-volume Barsoom series. Their terrified this is gonna be their Waterworld, so they think a few nifty shots will spark interest. Well, I think they’re doing it right. 6 new images have been released – featuring John Carter (played by Taylor Kitsch), a new creature called Woola, and the first look at Willem Dafoe‘s motion captured character Tars Tarkas. CGI looks a bit shifty, but I’m intrigued.
After months of scratching our heads and trying to wrap our minds around what a movie based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Princess of Mars might look like, we have our answer. The first trailer for Andrew Stanton‘s (wait, didn’t he direct Wall-E? Sweet!) John Cart of Mars hits the web. Or is it simply, John Carter? The jury seems to still be out on that one. Give it a watch, below.
Honestly, this looks pretty fuckin’ awesome. John Carter of Mars is a project has been a long time coming, with many, many roadblocks along the way. But it looks like the 1912 novel is getting itself a proper adaptation. Well, hopefully. I know jack shit about the book so be sure to tell if this trailer looks awful from an adaptation’s standpoint, I understand how book to movie adaptations can go awry. Knowing nothing about the series though, I would sure as hell watch this. What do you guys think?
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E), John Carter of Mars brings this captivating hero to the big screen in a stunning adventure epic set on the wounded planet of Mars, a world inhabited by warrior tribes and exotic desert beings. Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom Series,” the film chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins).
Not one, not two, but five posters for you to gaze at admiringly! Okay, four of those are from one movie but cool your jets, they’re sweet ass posters, all right. The first is a teaser from the highly anticipated Disney film, John Carter of Mars…oh, excuse me, John Carter. They recently dropped the ‘Mars’ bit because obviously a movie about some dude named John is more interesting. Who needs to know it involves an American Civil War soldier transported to Mars? The movie-goers? Hell no.
Interesting they included the ‘M’ in their nifty logo. What does it stand for, Disney, because it clearly can’t be ‘Mars!’
Our four additional posters are new ones for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, opening July 15th. And they are epic! The new posters feature the two opposing factions of the upcoming war, an intense duel between Harry and Voldemort, as well as a dragon! To check out all four click the jump.
World renowned fantasy artist Frank Frazetta has passed away this afternoon at a hospital near his home in Boca Grande, Florida. He was 82. At this time there is no official report on the cause of death but he had been in poor health for quite some time, suffering several strokes in recent years.
Frazetta was famous for his works on paperback covers, movie posters and other commercial works, including those of the Conan the Barbarian series. He was also know for his illustrations of Edgar Rice Burroughs characters such as Tarzan and John Carter of Mars.
His style, which depicted muscular warriors and scantily-clad woman often lock in combat with deadly beasts, became the definition of fantasy and science fiction.
On a personal note, while some had national geographic as their first glimpse of a naked lady. I had Frank Frazetta’s art. Because of this man I am and will forever will be a pervert. Mr. Frazetta you will be missed.
Click after the jump to view a small collection of his incredible art.