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Civil War vet John Carter is transplanted to Mars, where he discovers a lush, wildly diverse planet whose main inhabitants are 12-foot tall green barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, who is in desperate need of a savior.
Lost in Our World. Found in Another.
Also Known As:
A Princess of Mars
John Carter of Mars
Title: John Carter
Release Date: March 09, 2012
Runtime: 132 mins
All Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Sound: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Buried.com Rating: 8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With J
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Taylor Kitsch ...John Carter
Lynn Collins ...Dejah Thoris
Samantha Morton ...Sola
Willem Dafoe ...Tars Tarkas
Thomas Haden Church ...Tal Hajus
Mark Strong ...Matai Shang
Ciarán Hinds ...Tardos Mors
Dominic West ...Sab Than
James Purefoy ...Kantos Kan
Bryan Cranston ...Powell
Polly Walker ...Sarkoja
Daryl Sabara ...Edgar Rice Burroughs
Arkie Reece ...Stayman #1 / Helm
Davood Ghadami ...Stayman #3
Pippa Nixon ...Lightmaster
James Embree ...Thern #2
Philip Philmar ...Thern #1
Figs Jackman ...Man in the Bowler
Emily Tierney ...Pretty Woman in NYC Doorway
Edmund Kente ...Telegraph Clerk
Rupert Frazer ...Thompson
Nicholas Woodeson ...Dalton
Kyle Agnew ...Stable Boy
Don Stark ...Dix the Storekeeper
Josh Daugherty ...Rowdy #1
Jared Cyr ...Rowdy #2
Sean Carrigan ...Cavalryman
Dusty Sorg ...Twitchy Corporal
Christopher Goodman ...Stockade Guard
Amanda Clayton ...Sarah Carter
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Edgar Rice Burroughs
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- Lost in Our World. Found in Another.
- In 2004 - when the project was still known as "A Princess of Mars" after the book on which it's based - Robert Rodriguez had originally been signed and announced as director and had begun pre-production early that year (it would have been his largest project to date with starting budget reported at $100 million). Rodriguez' most notable contribution was to hire fantasy painter Frank Frazetta (whose most acclaimed works have included striking illustrations of Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, most notably the "John Carter on Mars" books) as production designer on the film. However, when Rodriguez resigned from the Directors' Guild of America (DGA) the same year (due to a dispute over his film Sin City), Paramount was forced to replace him. The studio has a long-standing arrangement with the DGA in which only the organization's members may direct Paramount films. He was replaced with director Kerry Conran, who had just finished Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. In 2005, Conran left the project and was replaced by Jon Favreau just before the release of Favreau's movie Zathura: A Space Adventure; Favreau was on-board to direct until around August 2006. At this time Paramount chose not to renew the film rights, preferring to focus on Star Trek, and Favreau left to work on Iron Man. In January 2007 Disney regained the rights (they had rights to film the story previously: in the 1980s with director John McTiernan), and enlisted Andrew Stanton from Pixar to direct.
"A Princess of Mars" was originally published as "Under the Moons of Mars" by Norman Bean (Edgar Rice Burroughs' pseudonym) in The All-Story (six pulp magazine issues February - July, 1912). Burroughs was originally afraid that he might be ridiculed for writing such a tale, so he decided to use a pen name. The pseudonym was supposed to be a pun "Normal Bean" (as in "I'm a normal being") to reassure people, but the man who typeset the text thought it was a mistake, so he changed it to "Norman". However, Burroughs' fears turned out to be unfounded: the story and its sequels, collectively known as the "Barsoom series", were almost as popular (and arguably more influential) as those of his most famous creation, Tarzan.
Jon Hamm and Josh Duhamel were considered for the role of John Carter.
Probably holds the record for having the longest period of "development hell" for any movie, at 79 years. Preproduction for a film version first started in 1931, when Robert Clampett (director of 'Looney Tunes') approached author Edgar Rice Burroughs to make an animated feature out of the first book in the series, "A Princess of Mars" (the same story that this film is an adaptation of). Had plans gone through, 'John Carter' could have become the world's first animated feature, beating Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). The film finally left development hell in January 2010 when filming officially started in London.
The music in the first theatrical trailer uses two instrumental arrangements of "Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin. The first (starting at 0:53) was performed by Australian/British string quartet Bond, the second (starting at 1:25) was performed by Corner Stone Cues (this arrangement is called "Ten Years Kashmir Mvt II (Orch, Choir & Perc Mix))".
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