John Carter sequels

Any way you slice it, John Carter was a big fat flop. Which means our chances of ever getting a sequel are essentially zero. But there was a time when Disney was hoping the film would launch a full-fledged franchise. And now, thanks to director Andrew Stanton, we have some idea of where it might have gone. Hit the jump to see what he’s revealed.

Stanton unveiled the titles of his never-made John Carter sequels on Twitter.

The Gods of Mars and The Warlord of Mars are the titles of books 2 and 3 of Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ Barsoom series. Stanton’s John Carter was based on Book 1, A Princess of Mars. While we don’t know how, exactly, Stanton’s versions of those stories would’ve differed, it’s probably reasonable to guess he would’ve followed some of the same plot points. 

Burroughs’ The Gods of Mars follows John Carter as he tangles with self-proclaimed deities. The Warlord of Mars picks up shortly afterward, as John Carter does battle to rescue his beloved Dejah Thoris. The series consists of 11 novels in total, so Stanton would’ve had plenty of material to work with, if only that first John Carter had taken off.

For what it’s worth, Taylor Kitsch, who played John Carter‘s titular hero, had nothing to but great things to say about the would-be sequel. He told Variety last month:

I know the second script was fucking awesome. We had to plant a grounding, so we could really take off in the second one. The second one was even more emotionally taxing, which was awesome.

All of which makes it even more disappointing that we’ll never get to see these movies come to life. Instead, Disney will be taking off into outer space next year with a different sci-fi franchise — one that’s pretty much guaranteed to blow John Carter out of the water, at least in terms of box office dollars.

Meanwhile, Stanton’s next directorial effort will be a different Disney sequel: Finding Dory, the follow-up to Stanton’s 2003 animated feature Finding Nemo. That one is due out June 17, 2016.

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