Thursday, 14 July 2011

John Carter (Of Mars, even if the marketers are scared to say so?)Trailer hits.

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Update:- click the link below for a review of the film...

John Carter (of Mars, seriously): Review Plus interviews & clips from the film...

After giving us a couple of random concept art stills the other day Disney have finally come up with their first trailer for their adaptation of the famous Edgar Rice Burroughs classic A Princess of Mars. A Princess of Mars John Carter of Mars John Carter (Worst title change ever). And it still appears nonsensical given that they have kept the lettering JCM (John Carter [of] Mars) so if it's just John Carter why's the M still there?
Uninspiring title meet uninspiring poster

John Carter of Mars is one of those legendary films that has been in various stages of development hell for seems like forever (The first try was apparently way back in 1935!) Despite this I’m certain that we’ll hear much talk of Avatar between now and the movie’s release in March 2012. Whereas Avatar is likely to be limited to three films, there are 11 stories in the Barsoom (What the various inhabitants of Mars call their planet) series, so if this is done right AND the public warm to it, Taylor Kitsch could find himself a very busy man in the coming years (Even if his Portrayal of Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine never leads to a repeat of that performance)

The cast for the film is pretty strong, literally with what must be one of several Mark Strong clones joining Taylor Kitsch (XMO: Wolverine), Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe in the film. It is being adapted and directed by Andrew Staton who directed Wall-E and Finding Nemo; he also wrote or co-wrote all three Toy Story films, Monters inc and Wall-E. 

Disney describe the film thusly...

From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes "John Carter"--a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). "John Carter" is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.”

In the original Carter is a Civil War veteran from the Confederate side (Never ceases to amaze me how nice they always seem to be, given that they were basically the bad guys and all that) who basically fell asleep in a cave and woke up on Mars. I’m guessing there will be more to it this time around. 

Concept art

Here it is...

More concept art

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