From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”–a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). John Carter is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.
John Carter has all the makings of being a modern fantasy classic, or a camp classic of the highest order, depending on whether they are going for the Conan or Flash Gordon vibe. Appearing in a series of Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan) novels and stories between 1911 and 1917, Disney is no doubt hoping to manufacture a second major franchise to go with their Pirates of the Caribbean box office magnificence. Without the presence of Johnny Depp – reportedly attached to a number of upcoming Disney projects, including supernatural investigator Kolchak: The Night Stalker, in an adaptation of the 1970s TV series – can this achieve the same level of success? Either way, we could do without the dodgy cover of Arcade Fire’s “My Body is a Cage”.
John Carter is due in cinemas on 8 March 2012 from Disney.