John Carter pitch reel

Before Disney brought John Carter to movie theaters, resulting in one of the biggest box office bombs in recent memory, the film was in development at Paramount Pictures. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow director Kerry Conran was attached to direct the adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough‘s classic sci-fi novel John Carter of Mars, but it never came to fruition before the rights lapsed and ended up at the House of Mouse.

But for anyone who has ever wondered what this first iteration of John Carter of Mars might have looked like, a presentation reel has surfaced online with some very impressive designs that would have been awesome to see on the big screen. Watch the John Carter pitch reel after the jump! Read More »

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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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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Disney’s John Carter has had a rough go of it on the marketing front — a tracking report leaked last week showed “shockingly” low public interest in the film, and you don’t need statistics to know that the trailers and teasers so far have been kind of a mess. Such a mess, in fact, that one particularly devoted fan was able to create the movie’s best trailer yet using clips that had already been released.

But their latest tactic actually seems like a clever way of attracting the attention of the cool-geek crowd. The studio has teamed up with Mondo for a gorgeous new poster, which will be handed out for free to moviegoers who attend the midnight IMAX screening of Andrew Stanton‘s sci-fi adventure when it opens on March 9. Check out the full image after the jump.

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If the name Kerry Conran doesn’t sound familiar, that’s because he’s only made one movie: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. For a directorial debut, though, talk about a massive undertaking. The film is still largely considered a failure but its innovative use of green screen and digital effects foreshadowed what would become the standard in filmmaking in the years that followed.

One of those films is the upcoming John Carter, Andrew Stanton’s hugely expensive and highly anticipated adaptation of the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Before Stanton took the helm, though, John Carter of Mars was a property many, many producers and directors tried to tackle. We’ve all heard about Jon Favreau and Robert Rodriguez but one name we forget was Conran, a natural choice thanks to his digital work, who was attached to the film around the time of Sky Captain.

His attachment was probably in large part to an extensive demo reel used pitch his vision. And wouldn’t you know it? It’s online. Watch it after the jump. Read More »

We got our first glimpse of the new trailer for Disney’s John Carter on Good Morning America several hours ago, but as promised, we now have a much better version to show you. And by “better,” I don’t just mean higher-quality, but also longer, somewhat more interesting, and a little more promising. Check it out after the jump.

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Double Academy Award-winning director of Finding Nemo and WALL-E, Andrew Stanton, is currently working on his first foray into live action, an adaptation of the classic sci-fi fantasy novel John Carter of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. For some reason, though, Disney has now changed the title from that to “Gary Carter,” the Hall Of Fame catcher for the 1986 New York Mets. No, I’m sorry. I meant John Carter. That’s the new official title. For real.

Another title change is one that’s makes a little more sense. Andrew Niccol is currently working on his Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried sci-fi film which was originally called I’m.mortal, then Now, but is now called In Time.

Getting out of the sci-fi genre, a new Maggie Gyllenhaal movie directed by Daniel Barnz (Beastly) was originally called Still I Rise but is now called Steel Town. Read more about all of these after the break. Read More »

The actors who play the characters in John Carter of Mars have long since left the Red Planet but Oscar-winning director Andrew Stanton is still hard at work. The Disney/Pixar sci-fi action film based on the books by Edgar Rice Burroughs is scheduled for release March 12, 2012 and Stanton recently gave a few updates as to what we can expect the film to look like, how much more work has to be done and more. Watch a video and read the quotes after the jump. Read More »

Fox Moves Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’ to June 2012

Briefly: It’s the release date shuffle. First Fox announced that Ridley Scott‘s ‘no longer an Alien prequel’ film Prometheus would release on March 9, 2012. Then just a week ago Disney moved Tim Burton’s feature-length Frankenweenie re-do from March 9 to October, and pulled the release date of John Carter of Mars back from June to March 9. The end result: Frankenweenie got a (hopefully) deserved October berth, and John Carter and Prometheus would be squaring off in March.

Now Fox has made the next move: Prometheus is now a summer picture, with a June 8, 2012 release date. Yep, that’s the date that John Carter of Mars vacated to compete with Prometheus in the first place. That’s all the new info we have on the film, though. Otherwise it’s still the basics: Ridley Scott directing an original sci-fi story from a script by Damon Lindelof (originally kicked into motion by Jon Spaiht‘s Alien prequel script) and starring Noomi Rapace. Charlize Theron is looking like a likely co-lead, though Angelina Jolie has been mentioned as well. There are male roles to cast, too, but no names yet.

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Disney has shifted dates on two big films for 2012. Tim Burton‘s feature-length expansion of Frankenweenie has been moved from March 9, 2012 to October 5, 2012. Hopefully that’ll be a much more appropriate date for the film. Part of the reason for that date switch is that Disney has also moved John Stanton‘s John Carter of Mars up from June 8 to March 9, the date previously occupied by Frankenweenie.

The other thing that stands out about this shift is that Disney is clearly tweaking the face it presents to Fox, which will open Ridley Scott‘s ‘no longer an Alien prequel’ Prometheus on March 9. Speculate now on whether Disney thinks that John Carter is more equipped to directly face off against Ridley Scott — one sci-fi film against another, rather than counter-programming Frankenweenie against Prometheus. Or maybe Frankenweenie will need more time. Or there could be other reasons altogether — just rely on the dates for now.