Disney’s John Carter may not have had a(n) (inter)stellar opening weekend, but there aren’t people (apparently many of them) who not only enjoyed seeing Carter’s journey to Barsoom (Mars) – they want Disney to make a return trip to the red planet.
You may (or not) remember a few weeks back when we posted an impressive John Carter fan-made trailer that circled the Net; that trailer came from a user named “Dotar Sojat,” who runs a site called The John Carter Files. Sojat pointed us to a grass-roots campaign where JC fans are gathering to collectively pledge their desire for a sequel film. As a bonus, Sojat has also cut a brand new fan trailer for the film.
Despite the pointed criticisms of some, we here at Screen Rant found John Carter to be a relatively fun adventure flick. In fact, in my John Carter review I ended things by stating the opinion that, should Disney choose to make a sequel, it would likely turn out better than its predecessor, now that the foundation on this property has been laid, and people are sold on it. If the reaction to this fan campaign for a sequel is any indication, I wasn’t the only one to hold that view.
You can join in the campaign for a John Carter sequel by joining its Facebook group, via the link below:
Now, check out the latest fan trailer cut by “Sojat,” which is entitled “Heritage”:
The trailer does a good job of showing the transition from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom” sci-fi novel series to the modern 3D blockbuster crafted by WALL•E director Andrew Stanton. The artwork featured at the start of the trailer - inspired by the novels – has been around for some time, but looks particularly hi-res and gorgeous. Hard to believe that Lynn Collins (who plays princess Dejah Thoris in the film) was actually overdressed, based on Burroughs’ rendering of the character.
John Carter is a rare case where a sequel will almost certainly be more welcome than its predecessor. Hopefully positive word of mouth will carry the film through its initial sluggish rollout, and Disney will decide it makes sense (and dollars) to go ahead with the sequel. Will this grassroots campaign sway the Mouse House? Not likely. If fans really want to make a difference, they need to start expressing their wishes directly to the studio.
Finally, if you need a good reason to go out and see John Carter, might we suggest taking a look at this clip, which features the lovable (and quick-footed) Martian space…er, “dog,” Woola.
John Carter is currently playing in theaters. If you want to see a sequel… go see it (again).