Disney Loses 'John Carter' Rights But That Won't Stop More Movies

October 21, 2014

John Carter

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.

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"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" Neah, it was a shit movie.

qweqwu on Oct 21, 2014


Shit to you gold to others.

Xerxexx on Oct 21, 2014


Just keep Taylor Kitsch.

Xerxexx on Oct 21, 2014


I liked it and I'd Love to see more movies...Chessmen of Mars...

TXSteadyEddie on Oct 21, 2014


I can count on one hand the amount of movies I walked out on. John Carter was one of them.

Zak Coleman on Oct 21, 2014


Wouldn't say it was good or bad. I liked Taylor as the lead for the first half and then his voice changed inexplicably.

Jon Odishaw on Oct 21, 2014


As much negative reviews as John Carter got, I personally loved it. I never read the books, but for a PG-13 Disney film, I thought it was good. To each their own, I guess.

Justin R on Oct 21, 2014


What a tragedy!

Ricardo_PT on Oct 21, 2014


I thought it was a fun movie that got over hyped and poorly marketed to the public.

DAVIDPD on Oct 21, 2014


I liked it and the music was beautiful. It wasn't great but people have praised much worse movies. People gave JC a really hard time. I liked the ending and the score.

si1ver on Oct 21, 2014


never seen it, I even didn't download it because of the bad reviews...

Avi on Oct 22, 2014


Don't believe the hype. I reckon it was a pretty solid flick. If you dig the sci-fi, must watch. Highly underrated imo. Story is a bit familiar, direction / acting was a bit meh, but definitely worth a rental / stream. Kind of epic in scale really. Would definitely catch the sequel in the theater.

avconsumer2 on Oct 22, 2014


I rather fear for this franchise without the Disney machine. Though, I largely blame their lackluster marketing for it's box office performance.

avconsumer2 on Oct 22, 2014


I really hope they resurrect this. I enjoyed the first one a lot.

Danimal on Oct 22, 2014


I really enjoyed the first one. Much better then most of the dreck out there.

Bill on Oct 22, 2014


"...worthy of comparison to Indiana Jones and Star Wars in tone and scope." — Dude, c'mon. This is such an empty, unqualified statement. Go study up on some AO scott reviews and critical writing texts. Jesus.

RJmacready on Oct 22, 2014


The first one was a financial disaster. I personally thought it was garbage, but everyone's entitled to their opinion. I think the major issue with John Carter was the poor attempt at marketing the film.

j wizz on Oct 22, 2014


The movie stunk. The only way to compare it to Star Wars is that they made the same mistake as the prequels by using too much CGI.

DJ Homeless Mike on Oct 22, 2014


Disney's John Carter wasn't without it's problems. I'm a huge fan of the original source material (which I don't think they stayed true to) and I think the main cause of failure was too much was crammed into John Carter. Had the story solely focused on John Carter mysteriously ending up on Mars WITHOUT explanation, and then the audience going along and finding out everything as he went along (rather than being SPOON FED the history of Barsoom via the ridiculous narrative) it would've worked much better. I also wonder if the movie fell victim to too many hands were in the pot regarding the script, which in my opinion usually leads to a messy and disjointed film. Anytime I see more than two people credited on a script on a movie, the movie usually was disappointing, or just plain sucks. I also think it's a major problem with how studios treat the audience these days. They think the audience is dumb, and needs to be told EVERY SINGLE THING ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON. Apparently we're not capable of thinking for ourselves, and need them to think for us and spell out everything, thus eliminating the mystery and wonder of the universe. If I were to reboot John Carter, I would do it via an animated series or movie with the same production design in line with Frank Frazetta's original artwork. When I envision John Carter, Frank Frazetta nailed it, and I would love to see that emulated onscreen. RANT END.

RAW_D on Oct 22, 2014

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