There’s been a lot of hub bub about John Carter and how it will or won’t be better than the books. I haven’t read the books, but from what I can tell by the first full length trailer, it seems I’m missing out. We got a peek at a teaser back in July, and now we finally get to feast our eyes on the full length trailer.
The film is based on the series of books by Edgar Rice Burrows. The film adaptation is being produced by Disney and Pixar and with Andrew Stanton (WALL-E, Finding Nemo) directing it should at least look beautiful. The cast is rather large and include Taylor Kitsch as John Carter, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton , Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong, Thomas Hayden Church, Bryan Cranston, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, and Polly Walker. To be honest, this film had me at Mark Strong and Willem Dafoe.
If you’re unfamiliar with the source material (like me) here’s the official 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.
This is Stanton’s first outing as director of a live action film so I’m curious to see how he handles it. There’s a following for the books so I hope this film turns out to be something special. Check out the trailer below as well as the newly released poster.
John Carter will be released in theaters on March 9, 2012.
Andrew Stanton, Disney, John Carter, Lynn Collins, Mark StrongBryan Cranston, Pixar, Taylor Kitsch, Thomas Hayden Church, Willem Dafoe