‘John Carter’ Trailer

One of the biggest question marks on the 2012 tentpole schedule is Disney’s John Carter, formerly John Carter of Mars. Pixar’s Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) directs the live-action film that adapts A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Now that we’re able to see some footage, it appears that he has done so with a sense of grand, old-school fantasy/sci-fi epics. I had no idea what to expect out of this, and so far, I’m impressed.

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In June, I visited the editing room of John Carter, the big screen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic sci-fi novel A Princess of Mars (you can watch my video blog here). At the event, director Andrew Stanton and producer Jim Morris gave a presentation explaining how they came to be involved with the project, and described the unique process they took to “shoot” the adaptation. After the jump you will find a complete transcript of the presentation and question and answer session, along with some concept art from the film and photos from the event.

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On June 20th, I flew to San Francisco to visit Barsoom Studios, in an office building minutes sown the road from Pixar Animation Studios, to see the first footage from John Carter, a big screen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic sci-fi novel  A Princess of Mars.

In a screening room, Finding Nemo/Wall-E director Andrew Stanton gave us a powerpoint presentation explaining why and how he became involved in the project, and the unique methods they used to “shoot” the film (you can read a transcript of Andrew’s complete presentation and Q&A elsewhere on /Film). We screened a couple scenes from the movie, and the teaser trailer which will be attached to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II (expect to see it online on Thursday, July 14th).

After the jump you can read my brief thoughts, followed by  a video blog I recorded with Frosty from Collider (who admits he knows nothing about the source material) and Eric Vespe (better known as Quint from Ain’t It Cool, who knows way way way more than I will ever know about the source material). So we have a good spread of opinions based on a wide range of expectations and knowledge of the source material.

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Last time we saw anything from the film Ironclad, in which Paul Giamatti plays King John as the monarch attempts to violently preserve his power after the signing of the Magna Carta, we were looking at a hastily-assembled ‘trailer’ culled from the first couple weeks of shooting.

Now there is a full UK trailer for the film, which shows Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox and James Purefoy all in their best, angriest moments.
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Since he emerged as a possible new leading man in Anton Corbijn’s 2007 Ian Curtis biopic Control, Sam Riley has taken his time fulfilling that early promise. He’s finally about to hit screens with a couple of new roles in Brighton Rock and 13, and he’s now shooting the decades-in-development adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road.

As a follow-up to those three films, Riley now has what could be his most intriguing post-Control project. He’s set up to appear as playwright and Shakespeare contemporary Christopher Marlowe in A Dead Man in Deptford, which will toy with the revisionist notion that Marlowe was also a spy and victim of political assassination. Read More »


I’ve been looking forward to Michael J. Bassett’s Solomon Kane ever since we caught some glimpses of the sword and sorcery film back at Comic-Con. The film stars James Purefoy (Rome) as the titular Robert E. Howard (creator of Conan the Barbarian) character, and also includes Pete Postlethwaite and Max von Sydow among its cast. We haven’t seen much from the project up until now, aside from a trailer several months ago.

Today, the studio announced that they’ve released several clips from the film, including behind-the-scenes footage, in a convenient video widget. They’ve also included a higher quality version of the trailer, which definitely gives us a much better look at the scope of the film.

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Earlier this summer the casting news on John Carter of Mars, to be directed for Disney by Pixar’s Andrew Stanton, starting pouring out. Now we’ve got three more great names for the cast — well, two more and one confirmation. Read More »

Solomon Kane International Movie Trailer


UPDATE: The English version of the trailer has appeared, so I’ve replaced the original embed with the new one.

At Comic Con, we saw the first footage from the independent production Solomon Kane, based on the character and stories created by Robert E. Howard. Now there’s a trailer for the film, which will shortly be playing in the Toronto fest’s Midnight Madness program. Sadly, the clip’s text and audio is in Russian, but you’ll probably be able to get the idea anyway. This is straightforward sword-and-sorcery storytelling, and anyone should understand all the necessary basics without any extra dialogue. Read More »

Comic-Con: Solomon Kane Footage Debuts


The characters of Robert E Howard have taken a surprisingly long time to get to the screen. Only Conan has really made a splash, and even that character hasn’t had the continual screen presence you might expect. But the independent production Solomon Kane, directed by Michael J Bassett and starring James Purefoy as Kane, could help bring Howard back to theatres. Bassett and Purefoy, along with producer Samuel Hadida, brought Kane to Hall H, where they showed off an exclusive trailer and three long clips from the film. Read More »

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