Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
Disney’s John Carter, the adaptation of A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, opens on March 9. The film is by former Pixar director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) and features Taylor Kitsch as a civil war veteran transported to Mars, where he finds himself in the midst of a new conflict.
We’ve seen trailers and images from the movie, and I still don’t know quite what to expect. Or, rather, I’m not sure how much to expect. The story is great, but I can’t tell if the movie is going to be quite the vision of Burroughs’ novel that I’d like it to be. I do expect the score will be good, at least, as it is by the reliable Michael Giacchino. Listen to three tracks below.
These tracks were recorded from a debut on the WQXR show Movie On The Radio. Giacchino’s signature style is very much in evidence. Lost fans, good luck ignoring some of the similarities to Giacchino’s work for that show. Not that I expect the similarity will bother many. And when ‘Dejah’s Theme’ breaks open into a big, sweeping rainbow about a minute and a half in, you’ll hear a lot of John Williams echoes, too.
We presented the first two tracks here as part of the full show back in December. But the third one, which is a really stirring chase theme, is one you probably haven’t heard yet.
‘John Carter’s Theme’
‘Pursuit of Dejah’