John Carter

‘John Carter’ Presentation Reel Shows Off the Film That Could Have Been

by Britt Hayes July 5, 2015 @ 2:23 PM
“Movies that could have been” are always interesting, like Tim Burton’s Superman Lives — which we just saw some test footage from the other day. Another film that could have been was Kerry Conran’s version of John Carter, a film that ultimately went to director Andrew Stanton and left audiences a bit cold. A visual presentation reel from Conran’s time on the project has popped up online, giving us a peek at what his John Carter might have looked like.

A Definitive Ranking of Movie Titles Named After Their Main Character

by Jacob Hall February 6, 2015 @ 12:48 PM
This list is not about quality. In fact, it will be only time you ever see ‘Corky Romano’ ranked above a Steven Soderbergh movie on any list. This list is about knee-jerk reactions to names. If you name your movie after your main character and only your main character, you are immediately assuming the name is compelling enough to command your attention. This is not about whether or not a movie is good; this is entirely about whether or not a simple character name can, by itself, get your butt in the theater.

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

by Britt Hayes October 21, 2014 @ 6:02 PM
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'

by Jacob Hall September 8, 2012 @ 3:35 PM
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

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

by Damon Houx March 19, 2012 @ 7:24 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'

by Jacob Hall March 12, 2012 @ 1:41 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

by Matt Singer March 7, 2012 @ 6:51 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.