Disney’s John Carter will be released soon, but the marketing for the film has been somewhat hit or miss. For those unfamiliar with the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, the trailers prompt more questions than a paternity debate on Jerry Springer. Luckily, I read the first three novels a few years ago, so here is a John Carter Cheat Sheet to help fill in the blanks. I tried to keep this as spoiler free as possible, but feel free to skip this if you want to go into the film blind.
Entries in Disney (16)
Disney is airing a new one-minute TV spot for John Carter during ABC’s The River on Tuesday night and ComingSoon.net got a hold of it. The new trailer further emphasizes action scenes and is mostly full of one-liners as /Film points out, but I have to say, it still looks pretty thrilling.
The movie industry is a strange thing. Studio executives like to think they can predict what people want to see at the movies. Sometimes they can, but more often than not, they fail. The art of releasing movies seems to be as much of an emotional game as it is strictly about numbers, which is why I found it very strange when I realized that there were no new films coming out this weekend. Sometimes there four or five major movie releases in a week and once in a while there’s only one, but I cannot remember the last time there were no new wide releases in a weekend. Following a big Thanksgiving weekend filled with three family films—The Muppets, Arthur Christmas, and Hugo—none of the major studios have a film lined up for this weekend. What’s the deal?
The weekend after Thanksgiving is usually bad for films, from what I have read, but is it so bad that studios should give up? I mean, it’s guaranteed to be a bad weekend if absolutely no one is willing to risk releasing a movie. As it stands, The Muppets and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 will battle it out for the top spot.
Being the analytical guy that I am, I’ve gathered and attempted to analyze release and ticket sales data from the last 16 years of post-Thanksgiving box office weekends and see if there are any patterns. As it turns out, fear of the post-Thanksgiving weekend is not a new phenomenon in Hollywood.
Who knew Mars looked so much like Persia. Disney-Pixar’s adaptation of John Carter of Mars is already looking quite amazing. This will be Pixar’s first foray into live-action film, with Andrew Stanton (Wall-E, Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life) directing and Pixar trying its hand at realistic CGI for the first time. So far, the result looks amazing. At the same time, Film School Rejects are astute to point out that there really isn’t a lot of mars going on here. We haven’t yet seen any aliens or many unfamiliar locations. So far, it looks to be the Prince of Persia that Jerry Bruckheimer failed to produce last year, and then some.
Cars 2 may have been a bit of a let down, but there is still hope for Brave, Pixar's next film--the first original movie its made since Up and its first with a female lead. The first screenshot (see above) has leaked thanks to Entertainment Weekly and Stitch Kingdom. The official poster is below.
Welcome back to the world of Cars. Did you miss it? Cars was John Lasseter's ode to America's love affair with the automobile, with the slick red racer Lightning McQueen trying to find himself and make a name for Radiator Springs, a forgotten town off Route 66. Replacing much of the heart and character development of the first movie is a new spy thriller, complete with huge explosions, tons of car chases, a mystery, and a race around the entire world. This sequel couldn't be more sequelish if it tried.
Now we're talking. I've heard fun things about Universal Orlando's "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" park, but I've always been a Tolkien loyalist. If Harry and Frodo dueled to the death, I'd be right there to help the little halfling out. Harry Potter may solve a few mysteries after class, but Frodo saves all of Middle Earth. Pit Gandalf against Dumbledore and we know who'd win. For these reasons, and more, I'm very happy to learn that Universal and Disney are considering a Lord of the Rings attraction at their theme parks. Perhaps I won't have to go to New Zealand to travel the path to Mordor after all.
If only I would have waited a day to show off the artwork in Oblivion. Yesterday, I reported that Disney had first dibs on Joseph Kosinski's graphic novel movie, Oblivion. It turns out that Disney has purchased the rights to the film, reports THR. The reason for the delay? Deadline reports that Disney "sweetened the deal" for Kosinski, adding a potential Tron Legacy sequel into the mix. How fun. Now all Kosinski has to do is make sure Legacy is a good movie. It hits theaters December 17th.
Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski shopped Oblivion around during Comic-Con a week or so ago, but no one had anything to show. Finally, the first chapter of the story is online at AICN, taken from a preview book on the showfloor. It is full of many pretty images like the ones you see above and below.
Well, holy shit. I reported a couple days ago that Filmyard Holdings, a group led by construction magnate Ron Tutor, purchased Miramax for $660 million from Disney. This contradicted an earlier report that Actor Rob Lowe was working with other investors to purchase the company--a prospect that quite excited me. Well, it turns out that Lowe is a sneaky guy. In a statement on Friday, he confirmed that he is a part of the deal after all.