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Old January 14 2009, 08:26 PM   #16
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Re: "John Carter of Mars" Moving Ahead!

I'm just thrilled that the Sky Captain guy is no longer involved with this project. That was a truly horrible movie and a well-deserved flop.
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Old January 14 2009, 08:39 PM   #17
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I'm just thrilled that the Sky Captain guy is no longer involved with this project. That was a truly horrible movie and a well-deserved flop.
I give those folks credit for trying, though. It was a good effort that just fell a bit short, perhaps. Would like to see them try again.
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Old January 14 2009, 09:00 PM   #18
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I'm just thrilled that the Sky Captain guy is no longer involved with this project. That was a truly horrible movie and a well-deserved flop.
I give those folks credit for trying, though. It was a good effort that just fell a bit short, perhaps. Would like to see them try again.
I agree with you that the concept was great, and visually some portions of the movie were breathtaking. But virtually everything else failed, IMO - the story was terrible, the pacing was awful, the acting was bizarrely wooden and strange.

They also greatly miscalculated the public's interest in seeing this type of retro-sci-fi style film. They thought it was going to be a huge blockbuster when in fact it's only real audience were hardcore sci-fi fans with an appreciation for early pulp stories from the 1930s and '40s. Which is why I doubt we'll see this style of movie again any time soon (which is a shame, because I would love to see this type of approach on a Lensman movie series.)
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Old January 15 2009, 12:41 AM   #19
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Sky Captain was visually beautiful, I thought, but would indeed only appeal to a niche demographic (me and a couple of other guys ). And it definitely suffered from a lackluster story and being badly badly badly cast.
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Old June 12 2009, 10:04 PM   #20
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Re: "John Carter of Mars" Moving Ahead!

Not to resurrect a dead thread, but to keep from duplicating it unnecessarily:

Reported by io9, Andrew Stanton's John Carter of Mars is ready to start filming in Utah.

Fresh from its supporting role as the planet Vulcan in Star Trek, the state of Utah is preparing for its role as Mars in Disney/Pixar's long-awaited live-action version of John Carter of Mars, which begins production there in November.

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[W]hile Star Trek spent just four days shooting in the Beehive State, the Tribune reports that director Andrew Stanton's (WALL-E) production will spend at least seven months there, including 45 days of filming.
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Old June 12 2009, 10:14 PM   #21
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Disney?! Isn't that like tapping the teletubbies for a Rambo movie...
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Old June 12 2009, 10:17 PM   #22
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^^ Not just Disney, but Disney in Utah!
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Old June 12 2009, 10:22 PM   #23
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Oh shit!
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Old June 12 2009, 10:29 PM   #24
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Pixar's making a live action film? Weird.
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Old June 12 2009, 11:01 PM   #25
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And some casting news:

Hollywood Reporter

Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins will star in "John Carter of Mars," the adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs book series that Andrew Stanton is directing for Disney.

Kitsch will play the title character, Carter, while Collins is playing Dejah Thoris, the heir to the throne of Mars' Helium kingdom.
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Old June 12 2009, 11:22 PM   #26
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Disney?! Isn't that like tapping the teletubbies for a Rambo movie...
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest begs to differ.
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Old June 12 2009, 11:42 PM   #27
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Jack Bauer wrote: View Post
And some casting news:

Hollywood Reporter

Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins will star in "John Carter of Mars," the adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs book series that Andrew Stanton is directing for Disney.

Kitsch will play the title character, Carter, while Collins is playing Dejah Thoris, the heir to the throne of Mars' Helium kingdom.
After years of the Frazetta and Whelan covers of the novels, I can easily see both of these actors in those roles; as long as they can carry the material, they definitely look like great choices .

I'm still curious how much of a role, if any, Pixar may even play in this; since it began, they've been careful to say that they don't intend to change from what they do best, which is create story-driven CGI-animated films. They'd certainly be good for the VFX of this project, but I could see them stepping back and letting an existing digital house do the CGI, while Disney (or Touchstone, more likely) handles the production and distribution. I don't think we'll see "Pixar" in the credits for John Carter.
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Old June 12 2009, 11:57 PM   #28
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I need to go read the first few books then. I think my library has the first three in a single volume. This is good news for sci-fi overall.
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Old June 12 2009, 11:57 PM   #29
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Maybe they're planning on broadening their horizons. But as long as it's good, I don't care. I hope they plan on being faithful to the source material.
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Old June 13 2009, 02:01 AM   #30
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The fact that they got Michael Chabon to polish the script gives me hope - they're clearly taking this seriously. The guy has won a Pulitzer, a Hugo and a Nebula award - somebody thinks he's more than just a scriptwriter, and he's got science fiction chops as well as mainstream credibility .
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