Andrew Stanton on John Carter, Finding Nemo 2

News Simon Brew 11 Sep 2012 - 06:54

Director Andrew Stanton looks back on the reception to John Carter, and confirms that he's signed up to make Finding Nemo 2...

An interesting piece has popped up over at the Los Angeles Times, where Andrew Stanton - on the eve of the US re-release of his most successful film, Finding Nemo - has been looking back at John Carter.

Talking about the creative freedom on the project afforded to him by Disney, Stanton built reshoot time into his schedule from the start. However, as the piece notes, unlike animated films, reshoots on big Hollywood live action movies are rarely viewed positively.

"There was this weird air the summer before of schadenfreude, of doomed to fail", Stanton said. "It isn't a nice atmosphere to be in, but what can you do about it?"

The negative reaction to John Carter left Andrew Stanton 'wounded', reports the piece. But not to the point where he's lost belief that John Carter will find its audience in the years ahead.

Stanton went on to confirm that he was indeed returning to direct Finding Nemo 2, although that wasn't the original, immediate plan. "What was immediately on the list was writing a second Carter movie. When that went away, everything slid up. I know I'll be accused by more sarcastic people that it's a reaction to Carter not doing well, but only in its timing, but not in its conceit".

Finding Nemo 3D arrives in US cinemas this month, although it's not scheduled to arrive in the UK until next March.

Los Angeles Times.

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I was a fan of the movie, but then I liked Chronicles of Riddick too.

I'm not sure why people don't respond to these big space epics.

Very sad, I thought it was a flawed but hugely underrated film. Some of the reviewers had clearly made their mind up before even watching it. Considering the obvious care and hard work that had gone into making John Carter it seems a waste if they cant build upon the first film with a couple of sequels from the other books. A case study in terrible marketing, NOT a terrible film.

Well, I did watch John Carter on iTunes and was a bit surprised, why the reception of this movie was so bad. Liked it.

I was unaware of a negative reaction, just a complete LACK of reaction. Reviews were positive; those who saw it really liked it. I'd say that the failure was due to the MARKETING of the film. It should have retained its original title "John Carter of Mars". People just didn't know about the film; coupled with the naff title giving nothing away, meant the film was doomed. DOOOOOOMED!
I'd love to see a sequel. Sad panda time. :(

John Carter was a really flawed movie but it deserved to do better. I fell in love with Lynn Collins who just looked incredible. She would make a great Wonder Women.

I absolutely love the movie. I felt it managed to capture the feel of old-fashioned adventures and adapt it for a modern audience as well, without being too wishy-washy and desperate to appear politically correct. I sat from start to finish, enjoying myself immensely. Because I enjoyed it so much I had a nagging feeling that this wouldn't last, and I kept worrying whether it would start sucking soon. Well, it never started sucking and stayed good, even better than it needed to be. This is easily one of the most entertaining movies I have seen in a while.

True. She does look very much like typical portrayals of the character.

I liked Riddick too! And I even know someone who (shock!horror!) likes it more than Pitch Black. I agree - aside from Star Wars and Avatar, these things rarely go well...

Tragic marketing killed this film. Why remove Mars from the title? Who knows. But in years to come this will be used as an example of how NOT to market a tent-pole summer film. Plus the fact that I'd never heard of the actor playing Carter. From what I can tell he's some TV actor who was also in the dire looking Battleship. Ah well. Lesson learn't Disney?

Agreed, mainly, JonTheGod. I liked it, but I thought it was lots of really good stuff joined to gether with bits of bluetack. The title, as you say, was not right. I think it gave the impression to the public that the studio was slightly ashamed of the story being set on Mars. "The Warlord of Mars" might have been better. On the plus side there were some great actors in it, such as Ciaran Hinds, James Purefoy, Mark Strong and Polly Walker (under-used). To me, the film tried to be too many things and needed a great deal of tightening-up. It ended up reminding me of a reasonably good 1950s Japanese sci-fi film stretched to the point of growing tedious by the end. Can it be mere coincidence that Hinds, Purefoy and Walker starred together in the TV series "Rome"?

I did not enjoy John Carter, if only because his ability to jump arbitrarily high in order to solve any problem made the entire thing a bit stupid, to me. Without that, I would have enjoyed the film.

Riddick was good though.

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