New ‘John Carter’ & ’21 Jump Street’ Featurettes

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:48 pm,

john carter 21 jump street featurettes New John Carter & 21 Jump Street Featurettes

A widowed Civil War vet attempts to reconcile with his past by engaging in other-planetary warfare, while a pair of newbie police officers have to revisit their embarrassing teenage years while working undercover at a high school. The premises couldn’t be further apart and yet are the setups for two major upcoming March 2012 releases, John Carter and 21 Jump Street.

Today we have new featurettes for the titles which both focus on the respective films’ central character duo: the titular hero (Taylor Kitsch) and Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) in John Carter, along with the nerdy Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and dumb hunk Jenko (Channing Tatum) in 21 Jump Street.

John Carter is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic sci-fi novel “A Princess of Mars” and tells the story of its namesake (Kitsch), a Virginian ex-soldier who accidentally ends up being transported to Mars after seeking refuge in a mysterious cave. He arrives on the red planet to find an alien world tearing itself apart through internal warfare and thereafter aligns himself with inhabitants such as the 12-foot-tall green-skinned Tars Tarkas (portrayed via motion-capture by Willem Dafoe) and the “red” warrior princess Dejah Thoris (Collins), in the hopes of striking a peace between the various factions of the Martian population.

Check out the new featurette for John Carter:


21 Jump Street

Oscar-nominee Jonah Hill (you read that correctly) and Channing Tatum star in 21 Jump Street, a movie take on the classic 1980s TV series which propelled Johnny Depp to fame. The film features Hill and Tatum as Officers Schmidt and Jenko, a pair of underachieving cops who get recruited for an initiative that requires them to go undercover as high school students, in order to blow the cover on an elaborate drug ring. However, getting back into the groove of teenage life turns out to be a rather difficult task for the oddball duo.

Watch the new featurette for 21 Jump Street below:


Early John Carter buzz indicates that co-writer/director Andrew Stanton (Finding NemoWALL·E) and his production team have done an overall solid job of bringing Burroughs’ often bizarre sci-fi characters and old-fashioned narrative to life in a fresh and exhilarating fashion. If good word-of-mouth continues to build, then the costly Disney flick could avoid becoming the box office flop many have been anticipating.

21 Jump Street is also being helmed by a filmmaking pair better known for their work on CGI animated fare, in the form of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Early footage (especially in the red band trailers) has gone over surprisingly well, thanks to the film’s Superbad style mashup of action and comedy – not to mention, the pervading self-awareness of the movie’s jokes in general.


John Carter hits theaters in the U.S. next month on March 9th, followed by 21 Jump Street on the 16th.

Source: Walt Disney Pictures, Yahoo! Movies

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  1. With the film not tracking well with women, now
    Disney is pushing John Carter as a love story?

    This does not bode well and smacks of panic.

  2. WTF is John Carter? It is a book adaption or just a made up movie.

    Besides this featurette for John Carter looks cheesey and awful.

    I don’t know if this film will be success or not but judging this featuette, John Carter could be this gerenation’s Battlefield Earth.

    • maybe you should read the book before you make comments like this.

      Had you done any research before your comments you would know that the “John Carter” books have heavily influenced sci-fi and popular culture for the last 50 years.

      Watch AVATAR-D and you will see its a direct rip off of John Carter.

      Your comparison to BATTLEFIELD EARTH is laughable. This shows your lack of knowledge on this subject and I immediately regret responding to comments such as this..

  3. I know that Mars has less gravity than Earth, and people from earth should be able to run faster and jump higher due to that, but not to this extreme! John Carter displays Superman-level jumping feats that would be Ok if he was on Pluto(which is smaller than our moon), but not Mars! Mars has 2/3 the gravity of Earth, so he should only be jumping three times as high as on Earth.

    Do some research, Hollywood.

    • he does in the books john carter was a huge influence on superman seeing how john carter was created a good 20+ years before supes

      keep in mind book is like 100 years old and Burroughs did’nt know about science back in 1914 what we know about science today

    • Just an fyi but the gravity on Mars is 38% on Earth’s and not 66%. Not saying he should still feasibly be able to leap like the Hulk but it is closer ;)

      Nelson is correct though, Burroughs was making some wild assumptions because they had no clue. He technically shouldn’t be able to breath either so you have to be willing to not let the science get in the way.

  4. i can get past the scientific inaccuracy of his jumping. but, there’s something about the way they do it in the movie that seems a little off… idk but it looks like we he first jumps, he actually decides to fly for 2 seconds then “drift” back down to earth, um well mars i mean. other then that i think it looks good.

    • I also have an issue of landing literally like a feather. Even at 38% Earth gravity, a man sized object falling from 100′-200′ is gonna leave marks on the ground similar to Hancock. And then jumping both down to a reed raft AND jumping out without sinking it? They are really pushing the feasibility factor.

      I’m also surprised no one has mentioned they just blatantly used Shiprock in new Mexico as one of Mars’ landmarks. I’m all for saving a buck but would it have really killed them to alter in a bit so it wasn’t so obvious?

      These are admittedly nitpicks and if that was all that was wrong with the movie I would have barely noticed or cared.

  5. Commercial spot I just saw for John Carter made mention of it being like Star Wars. That could mean about three different things, not all of them good….

  6. I hear you there, Slayer. I have never read “A Princess of Mars”, and am not sure quite what to think of the John Carter trailers, but honestly, it looks like it could be a lot of fun. Not sure exactly what age demographic they are going for, but it looks like it could be terrific for kids…?