Disney’s “John Carter” Coming to Theaters March 9, 2012

This post will have the official information from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures regarding “John Carter” to be released March 9, 2012.  John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to mysterious and exotic planet Mars, becomes embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions and discovers that the survival of the planet and its people rests in his hands.

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From Walt Disney Studios press release:

From Academy Award®–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.

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Update April 5, 2012

“Adventures by Daddy” impartial Review of Disney’s “John Carter” – A Tale of Two Worlds.  Disney’s John Carter is about a man transported from Earth to Mars.  However, those aren’t the two worlds I’m referring to in this review.  No, this discussion is centered on the on-screen world of John Carter vs. what went on off-screen.  Click here for more about John Carter’s tale of two worlds.

John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) and Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) photo by Frank Connor © 2011 Disney. JOHN CARTER tm ERB, Inc.

Update March 15, 2012

Infographic of Woola with more details on the Barsoomian pet, and a video clip called “Woola Will Follow You Anywhere” released.  Click on the image for a larger view.

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Update March 6, 2012

Video of Andrew Stanton talking about storytelling at the TED2012 Conference; WARNING – some explicit language

Update March 5, 2012

Walt Disney Studios released a “John Carter” clip called “Mars Best Friend” featuring Woola.  The character Woola has been described as a scene-stealer.  Take a dinosaur, cross him with a dog, and you’ll get the enormous creature.  He’s loyal, sweet and very fast.  See for yourself…

Update March 4, 2012

Exclusive 10 minute scene released for Disney’s “John Carter” by Walt Disney Pictures.

Update March 1, 2012

Video interviews with Taylor Kitsch and Andrew Stanton released by Walt Disney Studios.

Update February 29, 2012

New trailer released for “John Carter,” lots of Martians, Matai Shang, lots of fighting, and the Great White Ape.

Also, in the video below, Taylor Kitsch describes a limited edition poster giveaway for those fans at the IMAX midnight screening of the film.

Update February 27, 2012

New clip released for “John Carter” called Searching – “My God, I’m on Mars…”

Update February 26, 2012

Willem Dafoe, Stilt Walkers, and the Little Green Men of Mars – Special Effects of “John Carter”

Have you wondered, “just how did they create all those Martians?”  Never fear, click here for a glimpse at the making of the film, and then continue on for more photos and details on Willem Dafoe and the stilt walkers of Mars.

Behind The Scenes: Willem Dafoe and Director Andrew Stanton Ph: Frank Connor ©2011 Disney. JOHN CARTER™ ERB, Inc.

Update February 23, 2012

Red Carpet World Premiere of Disney’s “John Carter”

Photos and videos of the cast and crew of “John Carter” at the Red Carpet World Premiere on Wednesday, February 22 in Los Angeles.  Video clips include soundbites from John Lasseter, Director Andrew Stanton, Actors Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Taylor Kitsch, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Michael Chabon, Producers Jim Morris and Lindsey Collins, Composer Michael Giacchino, writer Mark Andrews, and actors Bryan Cranston, James Purefoy, and Daryl Sabara all sharing their thoughts from the red carpet.  Click here for the article.

Actor Taylor Kitsch arrives at the Walt Disney Presents "John Carter" premiere held at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on February 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)

 

Update February 23, 2012

Another clip released for Disney’s “John Carter” titled “John and Dejah” – a match made in the cosmos.

Update February 22, 2012

Detailed Behind The Scenes Look at the Making of Disney’s “John Carter”

Click here for a detailed article, released by Walt Disney Studios, where the cast and crew discuss the locations used to re-create both the Earth and Martian locales used in “John Carter.”

BTS - Director Andrew Stanton watches Lynn Collins (Dejah) and Taylor Kitsch (Carter). A Stage, Shepperton Studios, UK ©2011 Disney. JOHN CARTER™ ERB, Inc.

 

Update February 21, 2012

Walt Disney Studios released a clip from “John Carter” titled “Canyon Escape”

Update February 17, 2012

How Andrew Stanton Assembled His Cast for Disney’s “John Carter”

Walt Disney Studios released behind-the-scenes information on the making of “John Carter.”  Click here for insights from Director Andrew Stanton on the casting the epic movie, as well as thoughts from the cast members themselves.

John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) Ph: Frank Connor ©2011 Disney. JOHN CARTER™ ERB, Inc

 

Update February 14, 2012

Disney released a short video where Director Andrew Stanton explains his love for Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “John Carter” stories and, apparently, AMC Theatres too.

Update February 13, 2012

Featurette “An Introduction to John Carter” released on Disney UK YouTube channel.  Updated (2/16), this featurette was released by Walt Disney Studios in the US titled “John Carter: Legacy” – video replaced with US version below.

Update February 9, 2012

Thirty days until the release of “John Carter” into theaters, and Disney releases a spot called “Battle.”

Additional trailer released for “John Carter” called “Our World.”

Update February 7, 2012

Another batch of hi-res images released for the film.

L to R: Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) and John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) ©2011 Disney. JOHN CARTER™ ERB, Inc.

L to R: Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) and John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) ©2011 Disney. JOHN CARTER™ ERB, Inc.

Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) ©2011 Disney. JOHN CARTER™ ERB, Inc.

L to R: Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe), John Carter (Taylor Kitsch)..©2011 Disney. JOHN CARTER™ ERB, Inc.

L to R: Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe), John Carter (Taylor Kitsch)..©2011 Disney. JOHN CARTER™ ERB, Inc.

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Update February 5, 2012

Extended Super Bowl spot for “John Carter” released.

Update January 31, 2012

D23, the Official Disney Fan Club, announced on its website the red carpet premiere for “John Carter” will be Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at Los Angeles’ Regal Cinema at L.A. LIVE (1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles).  D23 will be giving away a limited number of tickets to its members, click here for details.

Update January 31, 2012

Disney announced a collaboration with the NFL to give viewers an opportunity to enter “The Journey to the Super Bowl Sweepstakes” with an ad that will run during the Super Bowl XLVI broadcast on Sunday, February 5, 2012.  Click here for more details on the sweepstakes.

Update January 25, 2012

In the Utah desert, Andrew Stanton and his production team found the perfect location to recreate Edgar Rice Burroughs landscape of Mars.  Click here for more details from Director Andrew Stanton, the production team, and cast members, on what went into adapting Burroughs’ “Princess of Mars” into the feature film “John Carter.”

BTS, L to R: Director Andrew Stanton, John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) Photo by: Frank Connor ©2011 Disney. JOHN CARTER™ ERB, Inc.

 

Update January 23, 2012

Walt Disney Studios released a new image of John Carter with his sidekick Woola.

Woola & John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) ©2011 Disney. JOHN CARTER™ ERB, Inc.

Update January 18, 2012

Actor Dominic West from HBO’s “The Wire” portrays Martian villain Sab Than in Disney’s “John Carter.”  Click here for the transcript of the interview provided by Walt Disney Studios.

Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe, center), John Carter (Taylor Kitsch, right) ©2011 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Update January 14, 2012

Now that “John Carter” has received its PG-13 rating, Disney has repackaged the TV spot for the film coming on March 9th. Fate has brought you here…

Update January 11, 2012

Perennial Hollywood bad guy, Mark Strong, was the latest in Walt Disney Studios’ interviews with the cast of “John Carter.”  Click here for his thoughts on playing one of the film’s villains.

Image: Matai Shang (Mark Strong) with Warhoons ©2011 Disney. John Carter™ ERB, Inc.

Update January 6, 2012

Walt Disney Studios provided the transcript for an interview with actor Willem Dafoe who plays the Martian Tars Tarkas, King of the Tharks.  Click here for the details of the Q&A.

Actor Willem Dafoe, photo by Todd Wawrychuk  ©Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Update January 4, 2012

Walt Disney Studios released a new image and provided an interview with actor Taylor Kitsch who plays the title character in “John Carter.”  Click here to read the transcript of the Q&A with Kitsch.

Taylor Kitsch as “John Carter” (center) ©Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Update January 3, 2012

Walt Disney Studios provided a conversation with actress Lynn Collins who plays Princess of Mars Dejah Thoris in “John Carter.”  Click here to read the transcript of the Q&A.

Actress Lynn Collins. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez ©Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Update December 29, 2011

Walt Disney Studios provided us with an extensive interview with Andrew Stanton, the multi‐award winning writer and director of the upcoming film “John Carter.”  Click here to read the transcript of the Q&A.

 Director and Writer Andrew Stanton (center) © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Update December 23, 2011

Walt Disney Studios released an additional image for “John Carter.”

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Update December 2, 2011

Walt Disney Studios releases the official trailer, poster, and several images for “John Carter.”


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Update August 20, 2011

On August 20 at the D23 Expo, producer Jim Morris and director Andrew Stanton were accompanied by the film’s stars Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, and Willem Dafoe to present never-before-seen footage, introducing fans to the film’s epic characters.


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Actor Taylor Kitsch (John Carter), © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.


(L-R) Actors: Willem Dafoe, Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, and Director Andrew Stanton, © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.


(L-R) Actors: Willem Dafoe, Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, and Director Andrew Stanton, ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.


(L-R) Actors: Willem Dafoe, Lynn Collins, and Taylor Kitsch

Walt Disney Studios also released a short video of some fans’ reactions to the John Carter preview at the D23 Expo.

Update July 14, 2011

First teaser trailer released for “John Carter” by Walt Disney Studios.

Update July 11, 2011

First concept art released for “John Carter” by Walt Disney Studios.


In Burroughs’ books, massive airships sail on rays of light on Mars. © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

The city of Helium, also referred to as “The Jewel of Barsoom (Mars),” is the home of Princess Dejah Thoris. © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

Press Day for “John Carter” – June 21, 2011.  All photos by Jessica Lifland.


Academy Award winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton during the “John Carter” edit bay press visit June 21, 2011. © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Director and writer Andrew Stanton (center) during the “John Carter” edit bay press visit June 21, 2011. © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Eamonn Butler (creature animator, center) during the “John Carter” edit bay press visit June 21, 2011. Ph: Jessica Lifland © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Producer Jim Morris during the “John Carter” edit bay press visit June 21, 2011. © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Update June 17, 2011

Walt Disney Studios releases first poster and description for “John Carter.”


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Genre: Action-Adventure

Rating: TBD

Release Date: March 9, 2012

Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, with Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe

Director: Andrew Stanton

Producers: Jim Morris and Colin Wilson

Screenplay by: Andrew Stanton & Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon (credit not final)

Based on the story “A Princess of Mars” by: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Notes:

  • Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in Chicago and is best known for writing and creating Tarzan—still one of the most successful and iconic fictional creations of all time. “John Carter” is based on Burroughs’ first novel, “A Princess of Mars.”
  • Academy Award®–winning director/writer Andrew Stanton directed and co-wrote the screenplay for “WALL•E,” which earned the Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award® for Best Animated Feature of 2008. He was Oscar® nominated for the screenplay. He made his directorial debut with “Finding Nemo,” garnering an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film of 2003. He was one of the four screenwriters to receive an Oscar nomination in 1996 for his contribution to “Toy Story,” and went on to receive credit as a screenwriter on subsequent Pixar films “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo” and “WALL•E.”
  • The award-winning below-the-line team includes Production Designer Nathan Crowley, Oscar®- nominated for both “Dark Knight” and “The Prestige,” and Costume Designer Mayes Rubeo, whose work is showcased in “Avatar” and “Apocalypto.”
  • Michael Chabon, who won the Pulitzer Prize in Literature for his novel “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay,” is a co-writer on the screenplay.
  • Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino has received numerous accolades for his work on previous Disney•Pixar films “Up” (Oscar® winner, Best Original Score; BAFTA winner, Best Music; Golden Globe® winner, Best Original Score for a Motion Picture; GRAMMY® Award winner, Best Score Soundtrack Album), “Ratatouille” (GRAMMY Award winner, Best Score Soundtrack Album; Annie Award winner, Best Music in an Animated Feature Production; Oscar nomination, Best Original Score) and “The Incredibles” (Annie Award winner, Best Music in an Animated Feature Production; GRAMMY nomination, Best Score Soundtrack Album).

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