It feels like 2004 – edited, as it should be….
Michael Sellars – http://thejohncarterfiles.com/ has a long transcript of his John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood — Presentation at the Edgar Rice Burroughs Centennial Celebration
Michael talks a lot about the anticipation and response to the JOHN CARTER trailers and media response. It led me back into my archives of Barsoomia.org to see where I and my readers were at the time. I discovered that I had started Barsoomia on March 23 2008 and that I had a total ( until this one ) of 425 post. Previous to starting Barsoomia.org I had been hanging out at Mike’s johncartermovie.com from somewhere around 2004/5. We had watched the transitions from Rodriguez to Conran to Favreau. Jon Favreau was very involved with fans on his MySpace page and we were getting day by day updates as we waited for the greenlight from Paramount that turned red.
Going back through some of my posts during the Disney roll out I was curious about my own thoughts at the time. I knew that was basically a JOHN CARTER OF MARS cheerleader since I wanted the film to be good and a hit. The ‘no news’ thing was getting really old though, and I was getting twitchy when events like the Toy Fair revealed nothing. I did some research and found out that Pirates of Caribbean had no toys until the following year. Disney had been so close to the chest all along that on one level I wasn’t surprised that we’d seen no toys. I knew that they did some of that in-house too, so I thought that might be a factor. But I didn’t like it. I was in Disneyland when they had their Tron thing was going and I expected something sort of like that, maybe not that big, but I thought that’s what they were doing now. Now I know that they had passed on all of this, stuffed Woola’s included, long before. I had(really) been stashing cash in my sock drawer for the buying of John Carter merchandise for two years. I was ready. I’ve dropped a couple of my posts of the time below and I can see both my expectation and my concern.
Sep 8, 2011 – Starting Sept 14 the John Carter swaggernaught begins rolling. First out is the Marvel /Disney retelling of A Princess of Mars in a four issue series. And in Oct ( I think ) is the beginning of the World of Mars prequel to the movie comic. I’m really looking forward to that, it will be ( other than the trailer ) our first real look at Stanton’s Barsoom. Now I just want my iPhone John Carter app so I can battle Warhoons and enemy airships. – Jeff
Nov 17, 2011 – We all have our John Carter swag that that is on our NEED list. Mine includes the art book, soundtrack, a poster, a stuffed Woola- and a few toys. Not all of ’em but a few necessary things. But who’s making them ? I’ve searched around and can’t find a thing. I thought I could least find out who got the contract but no. Disney has just released images of Muppets stuff that I think is only available at the parks. I’m guessing the Muppets / Star Wars toys are produced by Mattel. I’m going to be down in LA when John Carter opens and I’m dying to see what goodies are available. It’s not as bad waiting for the next trailer but still, I wanna know…. – Jeff
And I discovered this delightful tweet, but it does tell you that people were not getting what they wanted from Disney.
“mayviana Mayara Viana @barsoomia is even a better website than the actual #JohnCarter official one. Best source on the movie (and books) and everything related.”
A little after this was the Super Bowl Massacre. I was now really active on twitter. I’d been able to follow the Disney D23 event really closely through direct contact with journalists and fans live on site. I was getting to like this Twitter thing. Maybe I should have call it the night, The Night of the Living Warhoons. It certainly was a pile on.
It was bad. It got drunken bloody calot on calot on she-thark vulger and cruel. By around 11:00 PM I was crying and staggering around the studio screaming “no more no more !” The visciousness really stunned me. I don’t remember much after that, I must have blacked out. I woke up too days later, bloody and bruised, my wife trying to remove thark arms that I’d duck taped to my torso. And someone had written “Woola rolls over for Cat’s” on my chest. It was then that I got truly worried.
I’ll stop here, this really is a response to Michaels post. Go read it, get his book when it comes out. Go to the https://www.facebook.com/groups/backtobarsoom/ group and consider buying a kid a ticket to their December screening of John Carter (of Mars )
I sort of feel like I’m back to where I was in 2004, waiting to see what happens with John Carter. Except I have the movie and the artbook and a couple of Vinylmation John Carter toys now. And I’m 8 years older. Does the property go Universal or Paramount ( Disney had it previously too ) and does a sequel happen or a reboot ? Does someone make “Thuvia of Mars” right out of the blue ? Give me the cash and I’ll do it. – Jeff of Jasoom ( Note – I’d prefer that it feels like 2004 rather than 1984. Now that was nightmare of year in everyway. )