Disney Loses 'John Carter' Rights But That Won't Stop More Movies
by Ethan Anderton
October 21, 2014
While there are those who simply didn't like Disney's adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic character John Carter back in 2012, there are even more people who didn't give it a chance because the studio just didn't market it well enough. It's a fun, impressive space adventure worthy of comparison to Indiana Jones and Star Wars in tone and scope, even if it's not the most groundbreaking film. After the film was a huge flop for Disney, there was little to no chance that a sequel would happen, but that doesn't mean we won't see a new John Carter adventure, because the rights to the character no longer belong to Disney.
In fact, a press release has announced that the movie, television and merchandise rights to John Carter have reverted back to Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc., the company founded by the author himself. They've overseen every adaptation of his literary works in publishing, film, television, theatrical stage productions, licensing and merchandising, and now that they have the rights to John Carter back, they intend on taking the property to other studios to develop new films based on the other novels that haven't been brought to the big screen. Can another studio get audiences interested in this character though? We'll see.