Wednesday, November 23, 2011

MUST SEE: New Image From Disney's JOHN CARTER! PLUS Cool Spoilerish Info...

Check out this cool photo from Disney's JOHN CARTER! There's some interesting information below - some spoilers too; be careful!

Here's the storyline:

From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”–a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

From Entertainment Weekly (yeah they sure do get studio exclusives lately!): There’s the many-legged amphibi-dog named Woola that becomes Carter’s loyal companion. And then there are one of the most intriguing and fearsome creatures in the series: the great White Apes.

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...(John Carter) needs an army to solve his big problem in the third act, and the only army he knows was his previous captors. When he goes back, the game has changed, and he gets incarcerated. This is what he has to get out of. He has to get out of jail and not get killed by these apes in order to get his bigger problem solved.

Andrew Stanton talks about those White Apes: "No, they’re sort of an oversized gorilla in the books, and they’re kind of ubiquitous. They’re littered everywhere through at least the first several novels. They were always cool, just from a visceral standpoint, [but] they don’t really have a narrative function in the first book. So what we did is we made the White Apes a formidable creature that you kind of hear about throughout the movie, but you never really witness. There’s a subtle sense of anticipation for what these things might be like. Then Michael Kutsche — who did a lot of the designs on [the Johnny Depp movie] Alice in Wonderland – came up with this design on his own, for just their scale. He made them nocturnal, almost like moles — they stopped using their eyes, and just had a heightened sense of smell. We just love that. We needed a scene where Carter was going have to get out of his execution sentence in order to move the story forward, and we thought what better than having to go up against this formidable creature?"

Here's some of cast:
Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe, Lynn Collins, Thomas Hayden Church, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, James Purefoy, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West and Daryl Sabara.

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It is a pretty cool premise - John Carter is a human on Mars so the gravity is less than Earth's. The Tharks know about his ability to leap great distances (his sole 'super power') and thus chain him to a rock (pictured).

Watch for JOHN CARTER in theaters March 9.

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