John Carter is a civil war veteran who awakes to find himself on another planet. But he soon finds out the inhabitants are bracing for war. After saving her life, her falls in love with a princess while trying to stop a deadly conflict.
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins and Willem Dafoe.
Directed by: Andrew Stanton.
Written by Andrew Stanton and Mark Andrews.
Produced by Lindsey Collins, Jim Morris and Colin Wilson.
Genre: Sci-Fi Fantasy Action Thriller.
About forty years ago, I read A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs for the first time. I’ve read it several times since then and seen bits and pieces of it pop up in unexpected places [Han Solo, a reprint of the first issue of Superman and, most recently, Avatar – among others]. John Carter marks the first time I’ve seen all the bits from everywhere else put together in the proper context – and it feels like my memories of the book. It is daft and spectacular and often weirdly offbeat for a mainstream, big budget movie, but mostly it’s just glorious fun.
Created in 1912, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Carter of Mars introduced readers to a world of epic, swashbuckling adventure and interplanetary romance. While not as numerous as the adventures of Burroughs’ other creation, Tarzan, Carter’s adventures fill twelve novels – plenty of material to fuel a movie series – if done right.
Disney has just released a teaser trailer for the movie and it looks to have the kind of scope that made the books so popular. John Carter is director Andrew Stanton’s [Finding Nemo, Wall-E] first live-action film and something of a personal dream project for him. Taylor Kitsch stars as Carter.
Check out the trailer, press release and first photos following the jump.