Disney’s feature film adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs’ (creator of Tarzan) sci-fi/fantasy hero is due in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on March 9th.
Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Willem Dafoe (voice & mocap), Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, and Thomas Hayden Church star in the film, directed by Andrew Stanton from a screenplay by Stanton, Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon.
Based on Burrough’s first novel “A Princess of Mars”.
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In these pictures from Walt Disney Studio’s JOHN CARTER, we see Carter (Taylor Kitsch) with Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) as well as the CGI versions of Tars Tarkas (voiced by Wilem Dafoe) and Carter’s Martian”calot” Woola, a sort of cross between a six legged reptile and a guard dog.
Kitsch and Collins both appeared ing X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (as Gambit and Silver Fox, respectively).
Directed by Andrew Stanton (WALL-E) from a screenplay by Stanton, Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon, JOHN CARTER is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars.
The film, orginally to be called JOHN CARTER OF MARS, is due in theaters in 2-D and 3-D March 9th, 2012.
Personally, I think the settings and character/creature designs are extremely mundane and disappointing, considering the cost of the production and the the fact that they seem to basically ignore Burrough’s vividly described versions.
I realize a Disney film (and any general audience version) couldn’t feature essentially nude characters, but other than Kitsch’s bared chest, you’d expect to see more skln in a wholesome 1960’s Beach Party movie than the released stills and trailer seem to suggest.
Walt Disney Pictures has scheduled JOHN CARTER OF MARS, the big-budget adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs series of novels, for June 8, 2012. The story follows a Civil War vet who somehow winds up transported to Mars, where he plays a key role in planet-wide warfare. The cast includes Taylor Kitsch in the lead, along with Lynn Collins, Thomas Haden Church, James Purefoy, Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton, Dominic West, Polly Walker, and Mark Strong. The film will be shot in Disney Digital 3D. Andrew Stanton is directing, from a screenplay he cowrote with Michael Chabon.
The character of John Carter appeared in over a dozen of novels, the first being A Princess of Mars. Back in the 1980s, that novel was headed for the big-screen as a lavish feature film, with John McTiernan (PREDATOR) set to direct, but it died in development when budget estimates came in at over $100-million (in the days before TERMINATOR 2 proved that such an expensive film could still turn a profit). Instead, a direct-t0-video version emerged last year, starring Antonio Sabato Jr and Trci Lords. Presumably, this version of PRINCESS OF MARS is so low-profile that it will not undermine the box office fortunes of Disney’s big-budget epic.
Release date: June 8 March 9, 2012.