[Update: Check out a new action-heavy TV spot for John Carter!]

Andrew Stanton had a difficult task adapting Edgar Rice Burroughs “A Princess of Mars” into a live-action film, balancing the maintaining of source material with the need to make an accessible film for Disney that casual moviegoers can get behind. The special effects affair is led by MVP Taylor Kitsch (also featured prominent in the Battleship Super Bowl commercial) and Lynn Collins, both of whom starred in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Watch the extended 60-second Super Bowl commercial for John Carter below and see if it has the potential to become the next Pirates of the Caribbean success story for Disney.

John Carter is the type of film for fans of classic sci-fi and if moviegoers can accept the high-flying action and abundance of alien creatures featured in the film, they may just find something special in a movie that doesn’t rely on celebrity power to sell itself.

UPDATE: And now the new action-packed TV Spot: 

The official synopsis for John Carter:

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 [the Martian civilization] Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

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Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins are joined by a support cast of incredibly talented character actors including Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong, Willem Dafoe, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Ciarán Hinds and Thomas Haden Church. It is written by Michael Chabon, Mark Andrews and Andrew Stanton.

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

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