700 million !?
I don’t know if you guys have read or heard about the New Yorker article on Andrew Stanton and his making of John Carter. A huge stink and ‘what the-?” has arrisen from mention that John Carter would have to make 700 million to hit a sequel. Personally I REALLY want to see The Gods of Mars on screen. A lot.
What’s not clear in the article is where that number is coming from. It isn’t Stanton, it seems to be the writer and it is clear that he has spoken to many more people than just Andrew. So who said it is a bit of a mystery.
The article says that John Carter cost about the same as the recent Pirates movie ($250 mil ) which went on to make $ 1 Billion world wide. North America seems to forget about world wide. They’ll call something a bomb while it rakes it in all over the world. Some are saying that 700 isn’t a crazy number anymore. I don’t know. I do know I want my Gods of Mars. In the article Stanton is pressuring Disney to green light #2 before he’s finished cutting John Carter. So he wants it too.
A couple of other tidbits from the article are
– it seems that the romance between Dejah and John takes longer to develop some familiar scenes like Carter chasing of Sola and Dejah to defend them from the Warhoons plays out the same but different.
– they do say that the scene of John Carter battling the Warhoons is excellent.
– I’m putting my neck out here, but I know this from travelling the intertubes for too long… Non-creative John Carter fans are going hate a lot of the article. It’s about process and a lot of creative work means doing something and then fixing it. Late in the process Stanton is still struggling with some things. And they make some major changes after a Pixar screening. What makes him and Pixar different is that they do keep fixing things up until it’s pried out of their hands. I’m pretty sure that the ‘nons’ will think that’s incompitance, but what do they know ?
– finally, a sort of public test screening gave the film 75-80% rating which is great for an unfinished product. So there’s your Barsoomian news of the day. – Jef