John Carter

There Could Be More 'John Carter' Movies, Just Not at Disney

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by Britt Hayes October 21, 2014 06:02 PM
Disney
One of the biggest missteps in recent years was 'John Carter,' the film that Disney hoped to launch into a new franchise with leading man Taylor Kitsch as the titular military man who's transported to Mars, where he becomes a hero in an epic battle. But that didn't quite pan out, and now the rights to 'John Carter' have reverted back to the publishing company of original author Edgar Rice Burroughs -- and they'd like to give John Carter another shot at big screen glory.

Andrew Stanton Talks 'Finding Nemo 2' and the Failure of 'John Carter'

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by Jacob Hall September 08, 2012 03:35 PM
Pixar
When 'John Carter' bombed earlier this year, it looked like director Andrew Stanton was going to be thrown into director's jail. Although his live action debut may have lost Disney upwards of $200 million, there was always one place for Stanton to retreat: Pixar, the animation studio he helped found and the place where his work won him two Academy Awards. Then came the news that Stanton was going to lick his wounds by making a surefire success: 'Finding Nemo 2.' The cynics scoffed and rolled their eyes, but the director has a response for them.

More 'John Carter' Fallout: Disney Fires Studio Chairman

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by Mike Sampson April 20, 2012 11:59 AM
Walt Disney Pictures
Last month, Disney announced to shareholders that following the disappointing returns on the expensive sci-fi epic 'John Carter', they were estimating a whopping $200 million loss in earnings.  Earlier this morning, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross sent an e-mail to employees notifying them that he would "step down" from his post, effective immediately.

'John Carter' Will Lose Disney Over Two Hundred Million

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by Damon Houx March 19, 2012 07:24 PM
Walt Disney Studios
Even before the final numbers are in, Disney has announced that 'John Carter' has cost them $200 Million dollars. The production, which has a listed budget of $250 million, had become a whipping boy months before release when the marketing didn't suggest the huge blockbuster that a quarter of a billion dollar production would normally promise. Now, Disney is writing the film off as a loss.

Weekend Box Office Results: 'John Carter' Gets Beat Down by 'The Lorax'

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by Jacob Hall March 12, 2012 01:41 PM
Walt Disney Pictures
It's okay to be blunt about this one: unless there's a remarkable surge in word of mouth and audiences return to give it a strong second week, it's safe to call the 'John Carter' $30,603,000 opening disastrous. For a movie this expensive (a reported $250 million, but probably more), Disney needed that opening gross to start with a seven, not a three.
A look at the Top 10 Movies this weekend plus more analysis below:

'John Carter' Review

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by Matt Singer March 07, 2012 06:51 PM
Walt Disney Pictures
'John Carter'. Just 'John Carter'.

Disney changed the title of this notoriously extravagant blockbuster from 'John Carter of Mars' during production, either because a) 'Mars Needs Moms', a recent Disney production, was a huge flop, b) market research indicated women wouldn't go see a movie about Mars, or c) both.  Whatever the reason, it turned out to be an ironic choice: regardless of the title, it's Mars, not John Carter, who's the star of this film.  Even during the most narratively bereft moments, there is always something interesting to look at onscreen.
That's good because the narratively bereft moments come early and often.