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


6 responses

  1. If audiences keep an open mind, the movie could do 700m. Unfortunatly, modern audiences usually don’t.

    October 12, 2011 at 8:59 am

  2. Bard of Helium

    I’m guessing the $700 million number came from the conventional wisdom of doubling the total cost of the film. JCOM cost $250 million to film, and will likely cost $100 million to market, so $350 million total cost. From my limited understanding of the film business, the 100% profit is necessary because of the roughly 50% cut taken by exhibitors, and the desire to make enough money to fund the next film with some left over.

    Like you pointed out, Jeff, $700 million isn’t that much for a big movie when you count foreign and domestic grosses together.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:33 am

  3. Alex Chapman

    I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t make over a billion, they can’t mess the story up that bad.

    October 12, 2011 at 11:02 am

  4. I think Alex won that one. 😉

    October 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

  5. I think that the movie will not have a great opening . . . but through merchandise and word of mouth

    I am sure it will rake in this amount by the end of the third week

    what really gets me giggly inside . . . is that even though a majority liked the movie . . . he still went back and fixed it

    75% was not good enough for him

    No matter how this turns out . . . andrew stanton did a good job

    NOW everyone, even if the movie is bad be sure too see it multiple times and buy all the merchandise 😛

    October 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm

  6. As has been said by others: this could be

    1) a good movie and a good adaptation,
    2) a good movie but a bad adaptation,
    3) a bad movie and a bad adaptation, or
    4) a bad movie but a good adaptation.

    Obviously we all prefer 1). If that isn’t possible, I like 3) least and 2) slightly better than 4). A good movie but a bad adaptation will send at least some people to the books, while a bad movie, however faithful, likely would not.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:41 am

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