Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
On a surface level, there’s much that Andrew Stanton‘s John Carter gets right — much more than you’d expect, given Disney’s exasperatingly incompetent marketing campaign. The visual effects are imaginative and seamless, the action is appropriately flashy, and the source material by Edgar Rice Burroughs seems rich enough in mythology to make even the most jaded sci-fi and fantasy geek drool. All of that, however, can’t make up for the fact that beyond its intricate trappings, John Carter feels oddly hollow. Somehow, the director who once brought us Finding Nemo and Wall-E fails to evoke emotion in his first live-action outing.
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As I walked into Andrew Stanton‘s temporary Arizona villa to speak with him about his new movie John Carter, I was probably the most nervous I’d been in a while. Stanton has only directed two films – Finding Nemo and Wall-E - but they’re two of my favorites, and he’s partially responsible for much of what makes Pixar films so successful. Suffice to say, his talent is intimidating.
For his new movie, which opens Friday, Stanton used that talent to go way out of his comfort zone as a director. He not only tackled live-action for the first time in his career, he brought to life a property he’s been a fan of since his teenage years. John Carter is more than just a big budget epic for Andrew Stanton, it’s a lifelong dream.
We spoke a bit about that as well as the expectations that come with success, his working relationship with star Taylor Kitsch, what the future holds for a director and much more. Check out the video interview after the jump. Read More »
Andrew Stanton‘s new film, John Carter, is bound to cause a lot of dissension among film fans. Some will love its epic action and incredible visuals, others might be put off by its dense, plot heavy structure. No matter which group you fall into, though, there’s no denying that Stanton has a true talent as a story teller. Case in point: Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Toy Story 1-3, Monsters Inc. and more.
Stanton put that reputation to the test recently, taking the stage at TED to give a talk about “The Clues to a Great Story.” Unlike his Pixar films, his talk does get into some NSFW language. Like the films, it’s enlightening and incredibly watchable. Read More »
Disney’s John Carter opens this coming Friday, and in order to further the efforts in letting audiences get a handle on the story in Andrew Stanton‘s massive adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ early novel, the studio has released a ten-minute clip that helps set up the movie.
What you’ll see below is the film’s version of Burroughs arriving at a palatial estate, where he reads a book in which John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) narrates his experience. We see Carter in Arizona and the events that lead to his transport to Mars, where the Civil War vet is caught up in a new civil war.
The clip features a blend of action, comedy and early character setup, and suggests that the film has a lot of promise. I haven’t had a chance to see the final cut of John Carter at this point, so I can’t comment too much on how things pay off as the film moves forward, but this clip made me want to see where things go next. It also makes me want to see Stanton shoot a straight western. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
With exactly ten days left until the opening of John Carter, Disney has released what I’m assuming is the final trailer for the film. And while I haven’t loved all of the previous marketing, it appears the team has learned from its mistakes because this is probably the best one they’ve released so far. The new trailer is heavier on menacing Mark Strong, eye-popping action, and plot, and lighter on Taylor Kitsch‘s stilted readings of generic dialogue. Watch the video after the jump.
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When Steve Jobs died in October of last year, it was a blow to us all. The loss was felt especially hard at Pixar, the successful film company he helped not only create, but isolate from the Hollywood machine. John Carter, directed by one of Pixar’s most prolific directors, Andrew Stanton, comes out next week and though it’s not Pixar, the film is dedicated to the memory of the legendary businessman and inventor. During the credits, a card says:
Dedicated to the Memory of Steve Jobs, an Inspiration to Us All
At a recent press junket, Stanton was asked why he decided to dedicated Carter to Jobs and his answer was both logisically sound and beautifully poignant. Read it after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
We’ve seen what seems like a fair amount of footage from John Carter already, between its various teasers, trailers and TV spots, but today we’ve got a somewhat longer two-and-a-half minute clip to show you — plus another two minutes from a new sizzle reel. The scene sees the titular hero (Taylor Kitsch) and Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) battling white apes in a huge arena, while the reel that includes some new bits we haven’t seen yet. Check it out after the jump.
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John Carter hasn’t even been released yet, but a lot of early talk has already focused on potential sequels. Which makes a certain sort of sense. The film, directed by Andrew Stanton, is based on the first in a huge series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. While this film serves as an origin, once that’s established the real fun can begin. (See Spider-Man 2, The Dark Knight, The Empire Strikes Back, etc.)
However, Stanton and his team have been working on this film for almost six years and though he’s started outlining the potential sequel, nothing is set in stone. Will Stanton direct? Does he want to? Will Disney pony up the cash? Can John Carter make enough money to warrant such an expenditure?
In a recent interview I conducted with Taylor Kitsch, aka John Carter on screen, he flat-out said he wouldn’t do a sequel unless Stanton directs. I’m sure the Disney lawyers might say otherwise but you can read his quote, and Stanton’s response, after the jump. Read More »
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