Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’ & ‘John Carter of Mars’ Trade Release Dates

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

Prometheus John Carter of Mars Ridley Scotts Prometheus & John Carter of Mars Trade Release Dates

When FOX slated Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel-turned-original sci-fi project Prometheus for a March 9, 2012 release date, we knew there was going to be a game a chicken afoot. Disney had already staked out that same date to release their (3D) adaptation of John Carter of Mars, meaning that two tentpole sci-fi flicks would’ve been going head-to-head at the box office.

However, sci-fi fans hoping for a weekend blockbuster double-feature are going to be disappointed: Prometheus is now being released in June of 2012…where John Carter was originally scheduled.

For those keeping track, this whole Disney/FOX 2012 release date business has been like a game of musical chairs. I’ve mapped all the moves out for you:

  • Disney schedules John Carter and Tim Burton’s Gothic boy-meets-dog film Frankenweenie to be released on June 8, 2012 and March 9, 2012, respectively.
  • FOX schedules Sir Ridley’s Prometheus for March 9, 2012.
  • Disney moves John Carter up to March 9th, and knocks Frankenweenie back to a more fitting October 5, 2012 release date.
  • Fox responds by moving Prometheus into John Carter‘s original June 8th slot.

So, what’s the cause for all this switching? Well, either FOX was banking on pushing Prometheus as a blockbuster offering in the pre-summer rush and Disney liked that idea, or FOX somehow faked Disney out into vacating a major summer release date. Or, FOX just got lucky that Disney made that move, unless Disney got lucky that FOX made that move (the box office will tell) -  or maybe none of these straws I’m grasping at is the right one. Who can ever say for sure with Hollywood?

Of course it makes sense for the studios to spread out their mutual releases so that one sci-fi film doesn’t overshadow another, but on some level this seems like a disappointment. Of any target demographic, I would bet that sci-fi fans would be thrilled at the opportunity of seeing a big-budget sci-fi two-punch at their local theaters. With a little synergistic thinking, both Disney and Fox could’ve turned these genre movie releases into a bonafide (3D?) cinematic event…But that would go against the cutthroat politics of the movie biz, and we couldn’t have that, now could we?

As it stands, here are the new release dates in order:

  • John Carter of Mars - March 9, 2012
  • Prometheus - June 8, 2012
  • Frankenweenie - October 5, 2012

If you want to read more about what Ridley Scott is doing with Prometheus, go HERE. For the latest on John Carter of Mars go HERE.

Source: THR

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  1. Tim Burton hasn’t let me down yet, and I’ll watch a Disney anything that doesn’t star Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. I don’t plan on seeing Prometheus for the simple fact that I’m not an Alien fan, but my mind could be changed. Here’s to next year’s blockbusters.

    • Remember that this is not Alien anymore.

  2. Ok. Is Prometheus an “Alien” movie, or not? lol Because I really can’t tell.

  3. I think Richard Donner and his crew shall fit into the John Carter of Mars, and I think it will be a right choice for him to do that. I hope if he picks up the rights

  4. John Carter of Mars is a fantastic piece of sci-fi/fantasy from the brilliant Edgar Rice Burroughs and I think in the hands of Stanton, a visionary in his own right, this movie could be something really special. Unfortunately, if handled in correctly it can feel like a campy Conan with aliens. Still, I reserve my judgment and this is high on my radar.

  5. I want to hear more about John Carter of Mars, they havent releasd any trailers, production photos or even had the stars out promoting it. What is up with that?? I for one want this to succeed as I have loved the books since I read them in the 70′s and continue to read them every few years.

  6. John Carter of Mars would have to be R rated to work. You need those “Spartacus” type bloody sword battles and naked slaves to keep it from just being a run of the mill sword and sorcery movie. I can’t see Disney pulling it off. Hopefully they won’t add cute animals and singing.

  7. John Carter gets my money first. I’ve been waiting a LOooooOOng time for a movie version of that book!