Say Goodbye to Any Chances of Seeing a 'John Carter' Sequel Soon
It doesn't sound like we'll be going back to Barsoom anytime in the near future. Despite some strong praise and a hopeful fanbase, Disney just couldn't figure out how to properly market John Carter (of Mars) to get theaters seats filled. Being up against Universal and Illumination Entertainment's family film The Lorax didn't help matters any as the film kicked Carter's ass two weekends in a row. Now the chances of a sequel to a film that crafted a promising world and delivered some truly thrilling action and exciting adventure are slim as Disney has revealed they're likely losing about $200 million because of the film's poor performance.
Not only is this sad news for those of us that really enjoyed the epic space adventure, but it's even worse for those who didn't give the film a chance. They truly don't know what they're missing. While some have criticized the film for having elements of Star Wars, Avatar and plenty other sci-fi films, the fact is that the story on which the film is based inspired those stories. The film taking cues from the films that took notes from Edgar Rice Burroughs' sci-fi classic is just going full circle. And it's not as if there weren't plenty of original characters and creatures in the film to keep audiences interested.
Lynn Collins' is easily as much of a poster girl for teenage boys as Carrie Fisher became decades ago, especially after that metal bikini is Return of the Jedi. The alien races are interesting and there's a slew of civilizations that make for a rich universe. Carter himself is no Han Solo, but he's selfless hero, the kind that you love to see develop and come into their own, especially over multiple films. Finally, it's a story that takes you to another world, but with all the familiarity of stories that take place right on our own planet. The film is derivative in a sense, but not so much that you know what's going to happen and can't get lost in the story.
While it may not be as innovative or mind-blowing in special effects as a film like Tron, I could easily see this generating enough of a cult classic status to generate a sequel in about 20 years. It's truly disappointing that a much less entertaining and satisfying film as The Lorax, which seems to have been crafted to sell SUV's and other such items more than anything, actually dominated the superior film at the box office. Actually i09 has a fantastic write-up that perfectly describes my rage and anger that John Carter has fallen so hard, and that we may never see a sequel come out of an exhilarating sci-fi adventure as this.