‘John Carter’ Sequel Is Already Being Planned

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2012 at 5:15 pm,

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Walt Disney Pictures is wasting no time on setting the stage for next month’s John Carter adaptation to become the first in a new blockbuster series for the studio. The plan all along has been for the sci-fi flick to kick off a new trilogy – something which co-writer/director Andrew Stanton has previously made no secret of – and now progress on the next installment is already heating up.

Screen Rant‘s own Roth Cornet has learned that Stanton and his John Carter co-writer, Michael Chabon, have not only written outlines for the next two films in the series, but they’ve also actually begun penning a script for the sequel, tentatively known as John Carter: The Gods of Mars (the subtitle comes from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ second Carter novel). But is Disney counting its chickens before they hatch?

According to a new report from Deadline, the answer to that question right now is decidedly “yes” – with the site’s story on the subject bearing the disconcerting sub-headline that “[‘John Carter’] could be [the] biggest writeoff of all time.” The 3D project’s official budget is estimated to be around $250 million (with unofficial reports pegging it as even higher), but early word is that the Mouse House could be looking at a loss of well over $100 million on the film.

Those theoretical numbers are based on early box office tracking results for John Carter, which Deadline quotes an anonymous non-Disney studio executive as claiming that “women of all ages have flat out rejected” based on early surveys of the demographic. Kind of ironic then that the film’s original title (John Carter of Mars) was shortened, under the logic that it would lend the movie more appeal to younger female moviegoers – without significantly weakening its appeal to men. But we digress.

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Disney is already downplaying the idea that a John Carter sequel (much less a franchise) is merely a pipe dream, and early word of mouth from those who’ve seen the film is actually very positive (most comments state “The movie is a lot of fun”). Seeing how the company’s marketing campaign for John Carter has only begun to really intensify over the past two weeks, awareness and interest in the movie should become all the more heightened from hereon out.

In other words: John Carter may not prove to be the box office disaster that some are anticipating – and on the off-chance that it actually turns out to be a surprise hit (good word-of-mouth would help), Disney wants to have the next installment already in motion. Still, best not hold your breath while waiting to find out whether or not this sequel is going to happen for certain.

John Carter arrives in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on March 9th, 2012.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I really want to see a john carter part 2. I liked the movie!!!!!!! :-)

  2. Please someone make a sequel to John Carter. I loved the movie. It was very different from the books. Much better story. So please make a sequel .
    Thank you

    • every thing you see in john carter of ars s real, found a tharks skull in the rocknest gully on mars imaged by the couriosity rover in SOL 66.. and other smoking gun images , like face pyramids four times th size of the giza pramids,an android torso in SOL 64.. have done an artist impression of both of the and an image from the spirit rover SOL 482.. of another adroid head that looks like a human head, my youtube account is ‘doug ohboy’ watch the 9 minuite 33 second video,,,

  3. Please make a sequel, iv’e read the trilogy and for me book 2 is the best among the 3. I don’t why JC1 was a flop, but i was expecting the movie for a long time and now i want the sequel!!! ^^

  4. Please make a sequel, iv’e read the trilogy and for me book 2 is the best among the 3. I don’t why JC1 was a flop, but i was expecting the movie for a long time and now i want the sequel!!!


  6. Funny how the marketing ppl think the movie didnt do so well, but they keep coming out with cars movies that are getting boring and the adult vintage ppl are intrested in seeing whats happens to a normal man falling in love and working with his new abilities. Funny they are all about the movie and think they will go bankrupt. When I see as many do a really worthwhile franchise as like “lord of the rings.”
    If disney takes a step and quits worring about finances and takes a step back, and makes it worthwhile as they did in john carter 1, everyone will be happy to see it and will continue the trilogy.
    We the people are not here for the money. We all want a good story of a man that has nothing left everything only to regain what he thought he lost or had no more. This movie puts the hope back in all that is lost, and thats why they see a falling out with money. Sad they they arent human enuf to watch a movie and feel good enjoying the ideas or understanding that come from watching and enjoying a movie with family and friends…

  7. John carter is a great movie hard to find movies like this with with good book story to follow behind it people who give good movies a chance never no what they miss

  8. …Please do sequels! this was a fun movie, and no cursing(that I heard), no inappropriate sexual scenes, etc. …even us old people like a good thrilling fantasy movie! LOL!

  9. The original John Carter books held many different stories that would be suitable for movies. I would love to know how movie fans could vote to impress upon film makers how popular a movie series would be.

  10. Please make the sequel to John Carter. I keep watching the first one and I love it. I need to see the 2nd and third ones. Need to see what happens when he returns to Mars.


  11. I know the movie didn’t do “well” in the box office but this movie is really great and I would love to see the 2nd one soon!!! I think Disney has enough fans now that audiences have had some time to see the movie and realize it is a good movie. So now, lets start production on the new one.

  12. Let me start off by saying how much my family enjoy watching,” John Carter of Mars!” I do hope that plans for a sequel are in motion because we would gladly go to see it. In fact every time it is on we either watch it or DVR it. So when can we expect the next installment of John Carter?
    There are a lot of people that have watched it by now that would love to see what happens when John Carter goes back to Mars. Like will Dashia be looking all over for him or give up on him and marry someone else? Good luck and God bless.