Thursday, 1 December 2011

New Trailer for 'John Carter'

Disney has just released the new trailer for John Carter, directed by Wall-E helmer Andrew Stanton. This is the other massive live action debut from acclaimed Pixar directors (the other one is of course Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol which is directed by Incredibles director Brad Bird). We will have to see how they fare, but I have a feeling these directors are going to more than just pull it off. The creators of Pixar films are renowned for going the extra mile when it comes to taking pride in perfection. Besides,  the powers that be must have faith, because the budget for John Carter is a monster $250,000,000 and M:I 4 is costing $140,000,000.

UPDATE: I just saw this cool quote from Andrew Stanton on Slashfilm's Page 2, which explains my little blurb about Pixar quite nicely:

"You know, I planned reshoots for after I got an assembly, so I had real objectivity about what it needed. That’s all we do at Pixar. The truth is, we rip down and put up our movies a minimum of four times over four years. How I learned to make a movie by shooting it four times. That’s how me make them. People wonder what the magic elixir of Pixar is. It’s this: we shoot the movie four times! … That’s what Pixar did. We didn’t know how other people made films, we just used logic, which it turns out, nobody uses. I couldn’t correct the whole screwed up process of live-action movie making, but that’s certainly on my agenda someday. But by hook or by crook, I managed to get on screen what I wanted to see. So I looked and I learned a tonne on the way."

John Carter is based on the 1964 novel John Carter of Mars by Edgard Rice Burroughs (he is famous for having written Tarzan). I like that some old school sci-fi is being given the big screen treatment. Hit the jump for the synopsis and then the new trailer...

"Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior."

John Carter stars Taylor Kitsch in the titular role, along with some of my favourites Brian Cranston, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton and Thomas Haden Church.

Hmmm, from the looks of the trailer, they are obviously aiming at a vastly epic scope. It looks impressive, but let's hope they get the CGI sorted out a little more before the release date in March of next year. We don't want another Green Lantern situation, please. However, the great picture below (and this post from Slashfilm) reminded me that the picture was locked on 24 October already, leaving plenty of time to sort out the finer details!

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