It was supposed to be one of the great fantasy franchises, but it failed miserably.

It was supposed to be one of the great fantasy franchises, but it failed miserably.
It was supposed to be one of the great fantasy franchises, but it failed miserably.

John Carter, the biggest failure in the history of cinema

Launching a fantasy franchise is never easy. It’s even quite the opposite. There’s often a lot of chance it won’t go well and no matter how hard the team tries, the public always has the final say. When Disney released John Carter in 2012, it was one of the most expensive productions in history. The studio had bet that this adaptation of the novel A princess from Mars by the American author Edgar Rice Burroughs, published in 1917, was going to be a hit, but it was not the case. She is now remembered as one of the great disappointments in film history.

Taylor Kitsch, star of the film, recently spoke with ScreenRant and confessed that he has no regrets about being part of the project. On the contrary, he learned a lot and now sees the bright side of things. “I learned a lot of things from this film. I still have a great relationship with this franchise and that says a lot. I have no grudges, I learned a lot. I have made great progress with her, personally and professionally. It hurt me, obviously, but looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing..” he confided.

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The failure of John Carter was bad news for Disney, which had already planned two sequels, Gods of Mars and Warlord of Mars. After learning about the results of the first film at the box office, they reconsidered their plans and moved on. The film directed by Andrew Stanton had cost about $250 million – one of the biggest budgets in Disney history at the time – and only grossed $284 million in the world.

The reasons why John Carter failed to seduce the spectators are multiple. Many criticized a film with too many special effects that did not please the public. There were still good successes like funny and entertaining scenes but the press pointed out after its release that the film was a visual spectacle but whose narration was insufficient.

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Public expectations also played a crucial role. John Carter is adapted from the novel A princess from Mars, which had been the subject of several adaptation attempts over the past decades. So when Disney took on the project, it was a big challenge, but the movie didn’t live up to what people had in mind.

A second life for John Carter ?

Thanks to the platforms, John Carter can it have a second life and experience success, 10 years after the release? The film is now available on Disney + around the world and the film seems to attract some viewers as entrusted by Taylor Kitsch. “I have always been flattered. It’s funny when people talk about John Carter with their kids, they watch him with their kids today.“said the actor to Screenrant. From there to revive interest in a sequel? Do not dream either!

This article was written in collaboration with our colleagues at Sensacine.


The article is in French

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