Jon Favreau on his original John Carter plan
Before Andrew Stanton got the job, it was Jon Favreau who was attached to direct John Carter. So how would he have approached it?
Before Andrew Stanton took the director’s chair on the divisive John Carter, the film was set to be directed by Jon Favreau. Favreau has more recently directed the pilot episode of the forthcoming TV show Revolution, and while doing promotional work for that, he was asked about the direction his take on John Carter would have gone in.
“I probably wouldn’t have been as ambitious”, he admitted. “I think both of us really appreciated the source material. Stanton started to weave in elements from the later books. I probably would’ve told a smaller story.”
Favreau went on to say that his story would have effectively been the first act of the eventual John Carter movie, “As we were developing the script it was much more the experience of John Carter being found in this new world and him coming up in a Man Called Horse kind of way among the Tharks and then opening up the world slowly”.
Favreau was attached to the film back up to 2006, and instead went on to make Iron Man for Marvel. John Carter was released in March, taking nearly $300m worldwide.
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