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John Carter Teaser Poster Debuts

Disney has released a teaser poster for John Carter, the action-adventure film based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ pulp hero. This actually the studio’s second stab at the character, following a failed attempt in the 1980s to develop an adaptation, possibly with a young Tom Cruise in the lead role.

This time WALL-E and Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton is at the helm, but I didn’t realize until this morning how impressive the cast is. No, not star Taylor Kitsch (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Friday Night Lights). I’m talking about actors like Mark Strong, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Bryan Cranston and Willem Dafoe. I’m suddenly, if not surprisingly, interested in John Carter now. Here’s the synopsis:

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.

The film, which also stars Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Ciaran Hinds, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker and Thomas Hayden Church, opens on March 9, 2012.


  • cozmic

    Let’s hope Taylor is shirtless the whole movie.

  • Anonymous

    I just want this not to suck…

  • Mark Walley

    On the one the hand, that’s a good director and a good cast, on the other hand, the source material is not great at all. I mean it’s great for a Transformers style blockbuster, but not so good for an intelligent sci-fi film. Here’s hoping they deviate a lot from it.

  • Jmcreer

    Having read all the John Carter novels myself – you could not be more wrong about the source material.  It’s not supposed to be “hard” sci-fi whatsoever.  You want “hard” sci-fi” watch Source Code.  John Carter’s clearly sci-fi action/ adventure – similar in tone to Star Wars, Star Trek (the more adventurous ones) and Avatar (the good parts) owes a lot to the novels. 

    E. R. Burroughs is an excellent author and sci-fi and many other genres owe a lot to him.  He never gets enough credit – mainly by ignorant people who haven’t read his novels, and base their opinion on crappy Tarzan movies.

  • shawn richter

    Source Code was great – the movie that Timeline SHOULD have been.  And you’re right, Edgar Rice Burrough is definitely more science fantasy than science fiction – even in his other stories (such as Tarzan), there’s a scientific “maguffin”, and then pulpy sword and sandal type action.  Which is why I’ll be going to see it!