John Carter

March 9th 2012
  • Adventure/Sci-Fi,
  • PG-13,
  • 137 min,
  • Touchstone Pictures
  • Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Bryan Cranston, Daryl Sabara, Mark Strong, Dominic West, Ciarán Hinds, Willem Dafoe, James Purefoy, Lynn Collins, Polly Walker, Thomas Haden Church, Samantha Morton, Don Stark, Jonathan Hyde, Raad Rawi, Sean Carrigan, Christopher Goodman, Kyle Agnew, Matt Lasky, Christian Wolf-La'Moy, Rupert Frazer, Steven Cree, Julian Stone, Oliver Boot, Darwin Shaw, Daniel O'Meara, Dusty Sorg, Perry Millward, Amanda Clayton

  • Director: Andrew Stanton
  • Writers: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Chabon, Andrew Stanton
  • Producers: Jim Morris, Colin Wilson
  • Associate Producer: Bob Roath
  • Art Direction: Ryan Church
  • Casting: Marcia Ross
  • Costume Design: Mayes C. Rubeo
  • D.O.P.: Daniel Mindel
  • Editor: Eric Zumbrunnen
  • Makeup: Bill Corso
  • Music: Michael Giacchino
  • Production Design: Nathan Crowley
  • Set Decoration: Paki Smith


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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Surrey, UK; Utah, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Intense sequences of violence and action
  • Production Budget: $250 million
  • Production Companies: Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
  • Production Schedule: January 2010 - July 2010

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2012 Guide Analysis: "While Disney famously reigned in the budget for their upcoming "Lone Ranger" film, the same kind of thinking hasn't really applied to this sci-fi epic with an official budget of $250 million. In fact, some sources have claimed it costs much closer to $300 million - big money and a massive gamble in anyone's terms.

Based on "Tarzan" author Edgar Rice Burroughs' 1917 book "A Princess of Mars", the first novel in his Barsoom series, the story follows an American Civil War veteran who is miraculously transported to Mars where he learns the planet is dying from the loss of its atmosphere and water. Only a peaceful alliance of its intelligent inhabitants can save the inhabitants from extinction.

Various people have been trying to translate this work for over eight decades, with this incarnation taking around ten years to come together. Ultimately it was "Finding Nemo" and "Wall-E" director Andrew Stanton who ended up in the director's chair, his first live-action feature, while the cast is mostly a mix of British character actors with the odd American TV actor like abs-tastic "Friday Night Lights" star Taylor Kitsch as the titular hero, his "Wolverine" co-star Lynn Collins as his love interest, and even Bryan Cranston in a small role.

The big question is will this work? Burroughs' original work inspired many imitators in the sci-fi and fantasy realms, so much so that everything in 'Carter' will feel quite familiar. In fact the trailers for the film play like a mash up of the "Star Wars" prequels and "Dune" with some big FX-fueled action sequences but nothing really new on offer.

In fact some decisions seem baffling, like the Martian landscape resembling the American South West with some obvious CG extensions, or even the title change from 'Princess' to "John Carter of Mars" to ultimately just "John Carter" due to marketing factors - namely "boys don't like princesses, girls don't like planets". With the film only two months away, there still doesn't seem to be a large amount of interest - certainly not to the level that Disney is going to require to make its money back. Some over there will no doubt be hoping the word of mouth is good as it really needs to be."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 7 March 2012: Belgium, France, Italy, Serbia
  • 8 March 2012: Argentina, Australia, Chile, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Kuwait, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, Singapore
  • 9 March 2012: Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Estonia, Finland, India, Ireland, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK
  • 15 March 2012: Portugal
  • 16 March 2012: Pakistan
  • 13 April 2012: Japan