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John Carter of Mars vs. Brave?

John Carter of Mars, The Bear and The Bow (Brave)

Posted by Martin • August 9, 2010

In the summer of 2012, a Scottish princess-turned-archer will be pitted against a Martian warrior.

That’s right — Disney has set John Carter of Mars for a June 8th release, just one week before Brave in the same year! Sounds like there’s going to be a Disney feud at the box office…

One could argue that Andrew Stanton’s live action debut has a vastly different audience than Pixar’s first film centered around a female lead. But when analyzing the studio’s 15 years of box office success, demographics don’t seem relevant.

I’m honestly not sure why Disney would pit their big 2012 flagship films against each other. It seems a little misguided. I also don’t think either film will be able to perform at their optimum potential, but who will suffer the most: will John Carter overshadow Brave or will the complete opposite happen in Carter’s second weekend?

…and we thought Twilight was Pixar’s biggest worry! Your thoughts?

(Release date via Box Office Mojo)

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A Note on John Carter of Mars

Andrew Stanton, Disney, John Carter of Mars

Posted by Martin • June 15, 2009

We’ve been getting a lot of e-mails lately pertaining to casting on Disney‘s John Carter of Mars and if we’re reporting on the upcoming project.

Here at Upcoming Pixar we fully support Andrew Stanton’s live-action debut at Disney. I myself am actually very excited for it, but if you notice, I emphasized that it’s a Disney movie and for now it seems it won’t be under the Disney•Pixar brand. My logic on posting JCoM news is basically: since a Pixar director (Stanton) is heading the project, news that is central on him will be posted. If not, it’s just like if I posted news about The Princess and the Frog or Bolt, both tied to Pixar, but essentially not.

Now that I’m on the topic of JCoM I might as well pass along the fact that main characters have been cast, although this won’t be the norm. Taylor Kitsch is John Carter, Lynn Collins will be Dejah Thoris, Thomas Haden Church is also rumored to be attached. Furthermore, the film will be shot in Utah starting in November.

Note: The above news is an example of that which I won’t take regularly. If you happen to come across big news primarily featuring Andrew Stanton, don’t hesitate to pass it along. If it’s more along the lines of casting and rumors, think twice. If you’re interested in following JCoM (as am I) check out Slash Film and First Showing‘s coverage, they’re doing an outstanding job at it, as usual!

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Fascinating and Extensive Andrew Stanton Interview

Academy Awards, Andrew Stanton, Finding Nemo, John Carter of Mars, Toy Story, WALL-E

Posted by Martin • February 6, 2009

Andrew Stanton took 37 minutes out of his busy schedule to talk about some really awesome Pixar and animation related stuff with The Hot Blog.

This lenghty but engaging interview has everything from Toy Story talk, to WALL•E tidbits, aswell as Stanton’s views of the awards season and the film/animation industry. He even talks about his mini vacations and reveals that it’s been about a year of him working on John Carter of Mars and that shooting should start early in 2010.
Don’t miss out, watch it below:

(via Slash Film)

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Disney’s John Carter of Mars

Andrew Stanton, John Carter of Mars

Posted by Martin • January 13, 2009

To add to Sunday’s announcement that casting has started on John Carter of Mars, Andrew Stanton confirmed that the forthcoming project will be done at Disney instead of Pixar in a Sci Fi Wire interview.

During LA Film Critics Awards (where WALL•E won Best Picture) Andrew stated, "Well, it’s not being done by the Pixar crew. It’s being done by Disney, and I’m sort of being loaned out. We’re sort of using any element that we need to to make the film right. We’re not being purist with Pixar, but Pixar’s a brand that you have to trust that’s for all ages. This story of John Carter is not going to be an all-ages film."

What we know so far:
• Mark Andrews is co-writing.
• Andrew Stanton is going for his own look.
• Pixar will not do special effects
• It’s a Disney production.
• First draft done.
• Casting has started.

Now where’s the news on Brad Bird’s 1906?

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Stanton, Morris talk JCoM

Andrew Stanton, Jim Morris, John Carter of Mars

Posted by Martin • September 26, 2008

Briefly: Yesterday in a meeting at Pixar Animation Studios, Andrew Stanton and Jim Morris shared some vague details about John Carter of Mars, some previously revealed.

Andrew Stanton shared that he was going for a new look on JCoM, something the previous incarnations didn’t have in terms of overall look. When asked if the movie would be in 3D, Pixar general manager Jim Morris exclaimed, "I hope not!". Previously known facts were talked about briefly such as Mark Andrew’s involvement with the writing of the film. Still no word on the look of the film, rumors point to a hybrid live-action/animated movie, and no word if it’ll be fully produced at Pixar, or when it’ll be released.

To read the full article head on over to Animation World News.

(via Animated News/The Pixar Blog)

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D-Log Interview Andrew Stanton

Andrew Stanton, Disney, Imagineering, Interview, John Carter of Mars, Pixar, WALL-E

Posted by Thomas • July 27, 2008

Harold Reusken and Dutch Radio DJ Michiel Veenstra of D-Log attended a European press junket for WALL•E in the Netherlands recently and had the chance to interview Andrew Stanton. 

They have kindly shared this audio interview with us here at Upcoming Pixar for your listening pleasure. In the interview Stanton gives a comparison between Finding Nemo and WALL•E, Disney’s Nine Old Men and Pixar’s Brain Trust, his chances on winning an Oscar again, John Carter of Mars and who is going to distribute it and Pixar rides and Disney Imagineering.
Thanks Harold. 

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Stanton Talks WALL•E & John Carter With Capone

Andrew Stanton, Interview, John Carter of Mars, WALL-E

Posted by Thomas • June 26, 2008

I will warn you now, this AICN article is spoiler-filled.

Aint It Cool News’ Capone got that chance to chat to Andrew Stanton about both WALL•E and John Carter of Mars. It’s quite a long interview, but very interesting and well worth it if you are interested and don’t mind about being spoiled. 

Possibly best to save this until after you see WALL•E

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More Stanton On John Carter of Mars

Andrew Stanton, John Carter of Mars

Posted by Thomas • June 24, 2008

MTV spoke to Andrew Stanton recently on John Carter of Mars. Stanton said that he is a big fan of the books and wants to see the story done right. 

“We want to make t-shirts that say ‘break the curse’ because I don’t want to be another name on the list,” Stanton laughed. “[The project] seems to keep dropping on the floor. I’ll pick it up this time and hopefully I’ll be the one to do it right.”

said Stanton. The list includes people like Bob Clampett, Ray Haryhausen, John Favreau (Iron Man) and a lot more. 

Read the rest here. Sound off in the comments if you think Stanton and the crew at Pixar will be able to pull off adapting JCoM the way it is meant to be done. 

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Andrew Stanton Updates Us On John Carter Of Mars

Andrew Stanton, John Carter of Mars

Posted by Thomas • June 19, 2008

Alex from FirstShowing.net had the chance to chat to Andrew Stanton recently and was given an update on John Carter of Mars

What we now know is that Mark Andrews is adapting the first novel, A Princess of Mars to screenplay for Pixar.

One of the biggest questions surrounding the project is whether they’re planning on staying CGI or integrating live action. Stanton starts off by saying that "we honestly don’t know," but adds that "it’s clearly got to be a hybrid of some sort."

says Alex. He adds that at this stage in production they are worrying solely about the story and getting it right.  And on the violence in the film and novels, Stanton added, "We’ll find the proper venue to put the movie out." However no word on nudity yet. 

Read the rest here. Thanks Alex.

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Andrew Stanton Confirms JCoM [Updated]

Andrew Stanton, John Carter of Mars

Posted by Thomas • June 6, 2008

The Pixar Blog‘s Mike B. recently spoke to Andrew Stanton at a screening of WALL•E and Stanton has confirmed to him that he is indeed working on John Carter of Mars. More details to come.

UPDATE: Mike has completed the post to include how the question came about, so be sure to head on over to read it.
Also, I think my heart just skipped a beat when I found out in Mike’s post that Andrew Stanton reads both The Pixar Blog and Upcoming Pixar! It’s nice to know that the big guys are interested. And to Andrew if you are reading this, thanks for reading.

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