‘John Carter’ loses the ‘Mars’ (except for the poster)

Movies, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Disney has released a teaser one-sheet for its upcoming John Carter, a long-awaited Disney film adaptation of the Mars stories of Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs. Starring Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe and Lynn Collins, the movie isn’t due for release until next March.

The poster image features a shot of Kitsch as the heroic soldier who “dies” and finds himself on the war-ravaged Red Planet. Most striking, however, is the typography of “JCM,” which suggests the movie’s original title, John Carter of Mars.

The movie, based on Burrough’s first novel A Princess of Mars, also stars Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston and Thomas Hayden Church. It’s being directed by Andrew Stanton and has writing credits by Andrew Stanton, Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon. Michael Giacchino (Star Trek) is scoring the film.

From Academy Award–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.

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