Two years after Disney’s failed film adaptation of the first Edgar Rice Burrogh’s “John Carter of Mars” hit cinemas, the film and TV rights to the property have reverted back to the late author’s estate.
In a statement released by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the company confirmed the reverstion and that they are “seeking a new studio to continue this seminal Sci-Fi adventure”.
The 2012 film starred Taylor Kitsch as a former military captain inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes embroiled in a civil war. Critical reviews were mixed, the marketing campaign has been written about as one of the most disastrous in recent history, and domestic box-office was woeful with just $73 million.
Internationally it fared better with a further $211 million, but that still wasn’t close to covering the film’s enormous $250 million budget. As a result, Disney took a major write down on the film with the perceived failure leading to the resignation of Walt Disney Studios head Rich Ross. So, it’s no surprise the studio has no interest in a sequel.
James Sullos, president of ERB, Inc., tells Heat Vision that the Burroghs estate is looking for “a new partner to help develop new adventures on film as chronicled in the eleven Mars novels Burroughs wrote. This adventure never stops.”
Asked if Taylor Kitsch would continue to play Carter in any future project, Sullos says: “We have no preconceived notion at this time of how this adventure will be further advanced. [We] hope to find a studio that believes that this massive adventure story can continue to entertain audiences of all ages around the world.”