The theatrical debut of two-time Academy Award-winning director Andrew Stanton's (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) first live-action feature, John Carter, is just two weeks away and Disney is promoting the movie with the release of an extended sneak peek clip and a new behind-the-scenes featurette.
The preview clip includes a suspenseful, action-packed scene set in a gladiatorial arena on Barsoom (Mars), where Civil War veteran John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) has found himself stranded, but empowered by the lesser gravity of the Red Planet. It's not all fighting "white apes" and leaping through the air for Kitsch, though, as revealed in the new "John and Dejah" featurette, which briefly examines the love affair between John Carter and the Martian Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins), a "match made in the cosmos," according to Stanton. watch the preview clip & featurette >> Posted 02.25.12 by BrentJS
Promotion of Disney's upcoming adaptation of John Carter has been an onslaught as of late. Fans of the Edgar Rice Burroughs's pulp hero have been treated to a Super Bowl TV spot, a featurette and a "special look" video titled "John Carter: Our World." Far from done, Disney has raised its promotional campaign from onslaught to avalanche, with another new "special look" video to go along with a bunch of new photos and preview clips.
Directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E), John Carter is about Civil War veteran John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) who mysteriously finds himself on Mars, where his new-found powers enable him to aid in the battle between the planet's inhabitants. While Burroughs has a strong fan-base, there may be many who are unfamiliar with the character. The second "special look" video seems intent on revealing the kind of hero Carter is. see the photos and watch the "special look" video and clips >> Posted 02.16.12 by Ryan
The trickle of new John Carter promotional materials being released by Disney over the past week culminated with the recent appearance of title star Taylor Kitsch on Good Morning America to discuss the movie and introduce the new trailer, which was later released online in its entirety. But, Disney is not stopping at a new trailer, releasing three epic new banner posters featuring some of the movie's otherworldly characters, creatures and locales. see the new banner posters >> Posted 12.02.11 by BrentJS
The first full trailer for Disney's adaptation of John Carter (formerly John Carter of Mars) has arrived online, and it looks every bit the epic adventure fans have been expecting since the teaser trailer was released in July.
Based on the pulp hero created by author Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Carter follows Civil War veteran Carter (X-Men Origins: Wolverine's Taylor Kitsch) as he is mysteriously transported to the planet of Mars and becomes embroiled in the conflict raging between the planet's inhabitants. Fans of the Burroughs novels noted that an official still revealed a great White Ape, introduced in Burrough's first John Carter novel, A Princess of Mars, and the trailer shows Carter's confrontation with the giant beast in the trailer's opening moments. watch the trailer >> Posted 12.01.11 by Ryan
The first still image from Disney's John Carter (formerly John Carter of Mars) was released online a couple of days ago, and we now have six more new still images from writer (with Michael Chabon) and director Andrew Stanton's live-action/CGI adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic pulp hero, courtesy of SFX. The new stills are not of the best quality, but they do feature new images of the title hero (Taylor Kitsch), the Barsoomian (Martian) princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins), and Carter's fearsome comrade, the multi-limbed and green-skinned Tars Tarkas (motion-capture by Willem Dafoe), not seen in the trailer. Additionally, John Carter's six-legged pet and bodyguard, Woola, is revealed for the very first time. see new images from John Carter >> Posted 11.27.11 by BrentJS
To coincide with the start of principal photography on John Carter of Mars, Disney has created an official Facebook page for the movie. Though the content is primarily limited to a cast list and links to a few articles at this point, the page does include the official synopsis for the movie:
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E), John Carter of Mars brings this captivating hero to the big screen in a stunning adventure epic set on the wounded planet of Mars, a world inhabited by warrior tribes and exotic desert beings. Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom Series,” the film chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins).
John Carter of Mars also stars Mark Strong, Bryan Cranston, James Purefoy, Samantha Morton, and Thomas Haden Church. Posted 02.03.10 by BrentJS
Director Andrew Stanton would currently be in the midst of shooting John Carter of Mars, if the original start date had not been pushed back from November until early 2010. All of the lead actors have been in place for several months, with Taylor Kitsch in the title role. Back in September, actress Lynn Collins, who will star opposite her X-Men Origins: Wolverine co-star as the Martian princess Dejah Thoris, said that some hair and makeup tests were being done.
Apparently, however, the casting process has not even been completed yet, which could account for some of the delay in the production. Spoiler TV recently released a casting call sheet listing several supporting roles, including one "motion capture" Martian role.
[STABLE BOY] 9 yrs old, Mestizo – a mixture of European and Native American or Mexican decent, no lines, 1 scene
[DIX] The storekeeper, 40’s – 50’s, built like a lumberjack/longshoreman, strong & husky, 5 lines, 1 scene
[1ST ROWDY] Late 20’s – early 30’s, rough and dirty, worn looking, 1 line, 1 scene
[2ND ROWDY] Late 20’s – early 30’s, rough and dirty, worn looking, 1 line, 1 scene
[CAVALRYMAN/SERGEANT] Early 30’s, clean cut, 2 lines, 1 scene
[US STOCKADE PRISON GUARD] Mid 20’s – early 30’s, clean cut, 4 lines, 2 scenes
[APACHE LEADER] 40’s - 60s, Native American, must speak Apache, wise and experienced with a weathered face. Multiple lines, 1 scene
[TWITCHY CORPORAL] 20’s - 30s, a shifty bad guy, not to be trusted. 1 line, 1 scene.
[YOUNG THARK WARRIOR] 20’S, tall (6’ PLUS), athletic, experience working on stilts, MOTION PICTURE CAPTURE ROLE
Stanton has directed several movies for Pixar previously, including Wall-E, Finding Nemo, and A Bug's Life. He also co-wrote the John Carter script. Posted 12.10.09 by BrentJS
Other than a few cast additions, the last news we had heard about Pixar's already-delayed live-action production John Carter of Mars came from actress Lynn Collins, who will play the Martian princess Dejah Thoris opposite Taylor Kitsch. Collins said that "some hair and makeup tests" had begun, but knew little else about the production.
Now, two-time Academy Award-nominated actor Willem Dafoe confirms that pre-production on the CGI/live-action mash-up is chugging along. Dafoe will portray Tars Tarkas, a four-armed, nine-foot-tall Martian, or "Barsoomian," as they are referred to in the classic 11-volume novel series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Dafoe said that although his character will be rendered digitally, his performance should shine through, thanks to the incredible skills of the Pixar artists.
[Pixar will] use my face, but they'll enhance it in a way — both after and before — in a way that I may not be recognizable. But, I'm good with that. It's particularly cool, because he's a creature, but he's got this huge range of character. And, he does cool things in the movies.
When asked if he had developed a voice for his alien character yet, Dafoe told Ain't It Cool News:
No, but there's a whole period where we're going to work with the language and the movement, and find out how I'm going to be nine feet tall, and all that stuff ... like, a long period of time where we're going to go to Thark school, you know what I mean? We're going to create our culture. So, it's going to be very cool. These guys know how to do this, and they've got great people. And, the designs and things are just mind-blowing. Posted 10.21.09 by BrentJS
The Hollywood Reporter writes that three more actors will star in Pixar's first live-action movie, John Carter of Mars. Thomas Haden Church, James Purefoy, and Mark Strong have joined a cast that already includes Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton, Taylor Kitsch, and Lynn Collins.
The story involves John Carter (Kitsch), a Civil War veteran who is transported to Mars. But this isn't the barren red planet we know; this Mars is a violent society involving "12-foot-tall green barbarians," according to IMDb.
Church will portray a warrior with a desire for power, Purefoy a captain, and Strong the ruler of a people called the Thems. Directing the movie is Andrew Stanton, who also co-wrote the script. Stanton has already helmed several Pixar features, including Wall-E, Finding Nemo, and A Bug's Life.
The movie is still in pre-production and is scheduled for a 2012 release. Posted 09.30.09 by reelz
Disney's live-action John Carter of Mars, a big-screen adaptation of the classic book series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, was originally scheduled to begin principal photography in November. The movie has now been pushed back to early 2010. However, according to actress Lynn Collins, who will play the Martian princess Dejah Thoris, pre-production for the film has begun. At the premiere of The Burning Plain, Collins told MTV:
We're actually getting into some hair and makeup tests this week to sort of see what the look is going to be like. So, it's really collaborative and really creative and I'm really excited about it.
Collins' character is the subject of Burroughs' first novel in the Martian series and the love interest of the main character, John Carter. A Civil War veteran, Carter is mysteriously transported to Mars, where he becomes embroiled in the conflict between the Red and Green Martians. Collins' X-Men Origins: Wolverine co-star Taylor Kitsch will play the lead role and Collins had nothing but nice things to say about the prospect of working with him on John Carter.
Taylor is so amazing. We went to Pixar and saw some of the workups of some of the fighting that we have to do. I was like, "Oh my god, there's just no guy better for the job. He's so athletic and wonderful and such a great actor and so positive."
John Carter of Mars will also feature Samantha Morton, Dominic West, Polly Walker, and Academy Award-nominated actor Willem Dafoe. Posted 09.27.09 by BrentJS