The Fate of the 'John Carter' Movie Looks Bleak

A while back when Cinema Static was a part of my larger blog network site, I mentioned that the creative team behind John Carter had a questionable resume as far as trying to helm a fantasy, sci-fi action project.  John Carter, starring Taylor Kitsch, is directed by Andrew Stanton whose credits include the Toy Story movie franchise, WALL-E, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, Up and Ratatouille.

I also made note somewhere that the John Carter franchise doesn't translate well.  John Carter is on a different planet, far from family and home.  What's his motivation?  Where's the threatened friends and family?  Are we, the movie-goer, connected to the far off, fantastical threats to Mars?  From the outside looking in, the franchise doesn't pull you in.  Our movie trailers have only shown a half-naked Taylor Kitsch jumping around, beating on giant monsters and facing tough odds.  We don't realize that he one day, just woke up on Mars.  Or that the gravity is so light that he's a strong entity on the planet.

We only see the trailers that don't mean anything to the potential movie-goer.

From what I understand, those who have indulged in the book series are pretty enthusiastic fans.  But from the outside, looking in, nothing exciting about the movie.  Even as a fan of Kitsch, I'm not enthused.  I'm more enthused about the Battleship movie he'll be in.

And talking about not being a compelling movie, Deadline is reporting that John Carter is tracking so bad that this movie may be the biggest write off for any studio.  I was starting to worry when I started seeing 75+ hi-res images showing up around the web.  When a studio starts releasing extra heavy media about their project, I always think they're worried about the movie.

Despite the onslaught of imagery this week, 90% of their advertising media is coming out this upcoming weekend from this report.  And despite all this, Disney apparently expected  this soft market response.  Interesting.  If you want to see more of the details about this, you can check out Deadline's article.

John Carter , starring Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) as the titled character himself, with Lynn Collins (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong, CiarĂ¡n Hinds, Dominic West, & Willem Dafoe.opens in theaters on March 9th, 2012.



  1. I want the film to be good as I remember the books being good.

    Don't be a dream killer

  2. Paul, I might be changing my mind... check out the fan made trailer mash-up that makes the movie look so much better!!!


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