Update July 14, 2011:
The first trailer for the upcoming John Carter was released today. Scroll to the bottom to see the glory. A teaser poster is making the rounds, Mars has been dropped from the title and the release date moved up to March 9, 2012.
(Originally published 8/12/10)
Anticipating a movie that will be released as far away as 2012 seems ridiculous when that movie doesn’t include Harry Potter in the title. But never underestimate the love or obsession of science fiction fans.
John Carter of Mars recently finished up major filming in Utah, went into post-production, and Walt Disney Pictures announced a release date of June 8, 2012. The film will have a PG-13 rating.
Starring in the movie are Taylor Kitsch as John Carter, and Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris. Both appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, released in 2009. Also in the movie will be James Purefoy, Polly Walker and CiarÃ¡n Hinds who all appeared in the HBO series Rome.
John Carter of Mars is based on the first of a series of Mars books written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The first book is titled A Princess of Mars and the film originally used that title before changing it. The eleventh and last book in the series is called John Carter of Mars and there are tentative plans to film a series of movies, so it will be interesting to see how they will be titled if that happens.
Set in the era of the Civil War, John Carter is transported to Mars where he becomes involved in a civil war, and with a beautiful princess, and saves the planet, known to inhabitants as Barsoom. Of course that’s terribly simplified. You’ll have to read the books which inspired generations of famous scientists and science fiction writers alike. Just remember to start the series with A Princess of Mars.
Also starring in the upcoming movie are Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong and Bryan Cranston. Thomas Haden Church plays a very tall, green skinned, four armed, fierce warrior of a race called Tharks. And they have tusks. John Carter earns their respect. Of course.
If you want to keep up with the movie in the coming years, follow the unofficial fan site for John Carter of Mars. Anticipation is building.