While the 2012 film John Carter proved to be a commercial flop in many ways and critically panned, it as a movie that I felt succeeded wildly with what it did – and a lot of people that have seen it after it fell quickly out of theaters have struggled to figure out why it was lambasted as it was. It’s anecdotal of course, but many people stayed away for a number of reasons, but the critical reception was certainly one of them. What didn’t help at the time either was that the film was green lit by a CEO that had left the company and the new CEO certainly didn’t want to take ownership of the film in a way, which lead to it not being shepherded well. Disney had originally had plans for a couple of sequences, such as Gods of Mars and Warlords of Mars, but after taking a $200 million hit on it, the franchise potential was dead in the water.
Because of that, Disney isn’t going to try again anytime soon and have in fact let the rights lapse back to Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc., who are pretty keen on trying to get something made once again. James Sullo, president of the company, has issued a statement on it:
“John Carter of Mars was the creative stimulus behind such movie classics as Superman, Star Wars and Avatar. Edgar Rice Burroughs was the Master of Adventure and his literary works continue to enjoy a world-wide following. We will be seeking a new partner to help develop new adventures on film as chronicled in the eleven Mars novels Burroughs wrote. This adventure never stops. Along with a new TARZAN film in development by Warner Bros., we hope to have JOHN CARTER OF MARS become another major franchise to entertain world-wide audiences of all ages.”
[Source: blogs.indiewire.com ]