We're approaching the point now where a teaser trailer for Disney's John Carter adaptation is bound to hit theaters sooner rather than later. As proof of that, a teaser poster has now been released for Pixar director Andrew Stanton's adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars sci-fi novel series.
The new one-sheet reveals little about the John Carter film - other than the fact that star Taylor Kitsch still has his customary long hair - but with extensive post-production work still being done to bring the film's extraterrestrial settings and characters to life, that's to be expected.
John Carter (formerly, of Mars) revolves around... John Carter (Kitsch), a Civil War-era soldier who is suddenly and unexpectedly transported to the red planet Mars. There, he discovers an alien civilization embroiled in its own civil war as Martians struggle to survive on the harsh and nearly uninhabitable planet. Carter soon emerges as a savior for the people of Mars (or Barsoom, as Burroughs called it) - one who can even stave off the collapse of Martian society when important technology used to keep all residents of the planet alive malfunctions.
Joining Kitsch as members of the John Carter cast are the likes of Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man), Lynn Collins (True Blood), Samantha Morton (Minority Report), Ciarán Hinds (Rome), Mark Strong (Green Lantern), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), and Thomas Hayden Church (Spider-Man 3). Not that it shows in the John Carter teaser poster - which, as mentioned before, is all Kitsch (no pun intended).
Check out the first one-sheet for John Carter (via iTunes Movie Trailers) below:
Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) certainly knows a thing or two about crafting captivating landscapes and colorful settings, which bodes well for John Carter - his first live-action/CGI hybrid directorial effort. Fans of Burroughs' original literary series should be all the more pleased to hear that the film will also in part retain the author's (now, old-fashioned) vision of the Martian world and its inhabitants.
Here is what Mark Strong told MTV in an interview last week:
"Andrew [Stanton is] such a great storyteller. We're in very safe hands and you know he's going to make something exceptional. The thing that I think will distinguish it, which I'm most excited by, is that even though it takes place in space — it's science fiction — it's from a Victorian point of view. Because Edgar Rice Burrows novels were at the turn of the century, and his perception of space was very different from ours. The Martians, for example, wear breast plates and swords and helmets with wings on them. I think that's what's going to distinguish it [visually]."
That certainly sounds like an interesting and relatively novel approach - especially in this age, where Hollywood has become obsessed with re-fashioning classic literature to give it more of a contemporary look and feel. Now we just have to wait and see some actual John Carter footage to further gauge just how well that tactic will work.
John Carter hits theaters on March 9th, 2012.
Source: Itunes Movies Trailers