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New ‘John Carter’ Movie Planned as Rights Revert to Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc.

21 October 2014 2:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney may not have scored with an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “John Carter of Mars,” but the author’s estate still hopes his book series can become a film franchise.

The movie, TV and merchandise rights to “John Carter” have reverted back to Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc., it announced this week, saying it will seek a new studio to continue the sci-fi adventure.

“’John Carter of Mars’ was the creative stimulus behind such movie classics as ‘Superman,’ ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Avatar,’” said James Sullos, president of Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. “Edgar Rice Burroughs was the master of adventure and his literary works continue to enjoy a worldwide following. We will be seeking a new partner to help develop new adventures on film as chronicled in the 11 Mars novels Burroughs wrote. This adventure never stops.”

It stopped at Disney, however, when “John Carter,” produced for $250 million, flopped at the box »

- Marc Graser

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'John Carter' could head back to Mars now that Disney has lost the film rights

21 October 2014 2:10 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

My guess is that it will not take as long for us to see a second "John Carter" movie as it did for the first one to get made. It still seems sort of amazing that it took almost 100 years for John Carter to jump from the pages of the stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs to the big-screen, especially considering how many other properties took direct inspiration, sometimes to the point of theft, from the writing of Burroughs. While "John Carter" does not completely work, and it definitely suffers from having to follow many of its antecedents into the pop culture arena, it at least managed to capture some of the spirit of the source material. Andrew Stanton's film may prove invaluable to whoever steps up next to try to turn the property into a viable big-screen franchise. They'll be able to learn from the casting, from the marketing, »

- Drew McWeeny

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John Carter Rights Revert Back to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.; New Films Planned

21 October 2014 12:25 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

I like John Carter.  It’s not a perfect film by any means, but Disney spent years trying to get an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ series of sci-fi novels off the ground, and I think director Andrew Stanton and his screenwriting partners Michael Chabon and Mark Andrews did a swell job of bringing the story to life.  Most strikingly, Stanton’s world building in the film is magnificent; you really feel like you’re on Barsoom for the film’s two-hour runtime.  I was really hoping to spend more time in Stanton’s John Carter world in future sequels, but unfortunately the film failed to catch on with audiences at the box office and its bloated budget made turning a profit near impossible.  Disney’s marketing was all over the place, and many thought the film looked derivative despite the fact that it was Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars »

- Adam Chitwood

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Disney Loses 'John Carter' Rights; Burroughs Inc. Plans New Movie

21 October 2014 12:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. announces that the movie, television and merchandise rights for John Carter have reverted back to the company. Walt Disney Pictures held the rights and produced the movie John Carter in 2012. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. will be seeking a new studio to continue this seminal Sci-Fi adventure.

Here's what James Sullos, President, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., had to say in a statement.

"John Carter of Mars was the creative stimulus behind such movie classics as Superman, Star Wars and Avatar. Edgar Rice Burroughs was the Master of Adventure and his literary works continue to enjoy a world-wide following. We will be seeking a new partner to help develop new adventures on film as chronicled in the eleven Mars novels Burroughs wrote. This adventure never stops. Along with a new Tarzan film in development by Warner Bros., we hope to have John Carter of Mars become another major »

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John Carter Could Return To Mars

21 October 2014 12:20 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

One unsuccessful – in box office terms, at least – attempt to bring something to the screen can sometimes soil a property for other filmmakers. But that doesn’t appear to be the case for Edgar Rice BurroughsJohn Carter Of Mars, as the writer’s estate is now trying to prove. With the rights back in its hands from Disney, the search is on for a new cinematic partner.Despite Disney and director Andrew Stanton’s efforts with 2012’s John Carter, the Mouse House couldn’t generate enough interest in the property to kick off a franchise. And while the film is increasingly being seen less as a noble effort scuppered by confusing marketing, a push away from the core concept and differences of opinion, it seems to have opened the door for others to try again, with some salutary lessons to be learned. And it doesn’t hurt that Guardians Of The Galaxy »

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Disney Lost John Carter Rights; Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Plan More Films

21 October 2014 12:16 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

There's no doubt that Disney had high-expectations for John Carter when they bestowed a hefty budget upon Andrew Stanton's 2010 sci-fi/adventure film. Now for most films earning nearly $300M at the worldwide box office would be deemed a success but the production budget was nearly as much as its earning. And remember, that's just the production costs. When all was said and done Disney said that the film cost them a whopping $200M. Geesh! That put the kibosh on any further tales of John Carter. Director Andrew Stanton was so oppomistic that he had title cards made for potential sequels: "Gods of Mars" and "Warlords of Mars." Now Disney has allowed the rights to John Carter to revert back to the Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. and they plan to try once again to create a movie franchise out of the material. President of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc., James Sullos, »

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Disney gives up John Carter rights, author's estate plans to make a new film

21 October 2014 8:13 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

It looks like Disney has officially given up all hope of making up their losses on Andrew Stanton's criminally underrated John Carter. After failing to recoup the $200 million budget on the mis-marketed science fiction throwback, Disney has allowed the rights to the book and characters to revert to the estate of author Edgar Rice Burroughs. While this kind of thing happens all the time, the statement from Burrough's estate is interesting in that it makes it seem like John Carter may be seen »

- Alex Maidy

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John Carter of Mars rights leave Disney, seek new studio

21 October 2014 3:13 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Disney has lost the film rights to John Carter of Mars.

The property has reverted to Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc, which is already planning to find a new studio to bring the classic pulp property to the screen, reports Film Divider.

"We will be seeking a new partner to help develop new adventures on film as chronicled in the eleven Mars novels Burroughs wrote," said company president James Sullos. "This adventure never stops."

Disney shelved plans for sequels to its 2012 film John Carter after a disappointing performance at the box office.

Taylor Kitsch starred in Andrew Stanton's movie alongside Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong and Dominic West.

Warner Bros is currently developing a film based on another classic Burroughs property, Tarzan. »

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Disney loses John Carter movie rights, new studio sought

20 October 2014 11:21 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Disney no longer has the rights to make John Carter movies and TV shows, as Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc seeks "a new partner".

And just when you thought the cinematic adventures of John Carter might be done and dusted, here comes an olive branch. Andrew Stanton's John Carter movie may well have cost a lot of money, and may not have made enough of it back to keep Disney happy, but it remains a film with no shortage of fans. Furthermore, Stanton had mapped out two further films, all based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs source material.

Yet the financial write-down that Disney took on the first John Carter film meant that plans for those follow-ups were abandoned. Bluntly, Disney had no intention of financing a John Carter 2. Andrew Stanton moved on to directing the Finding Nemo follow-up, Finding Dory.

As for John Carter? Film Divider is now reporting »

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Check Out The First Trailer For Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out

2 October 2014 11:58 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Check out the new teaser trailer for Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out.

From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, »

- Michelle McCue

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Cool Stuff: U-Command Wall-e Remote Control Toy

30 September 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

More than almost any Disney character in recent memory, everyone wants a Wall-e. He’s cute, he’s got personality, he’s helpful and he cleans up after you. What could be better than that? Unfortunately, we’ll never own an actual Wall-e because they don’t exist. He’s a figment of the imagination of director Andrew Stanton and hundreds […]

The post Cool Stuff: U-Command Wall-e Remote Control Toy appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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Chris Pratt hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live' premiere: Talk about it here!

27 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Saturday Night Live comes back tonight? Honestly, thanks to a hiatus filled with casting announcements and Update shakeups and meticulous analysis of the show’s history (not to mention Live from New York’s rerelease), it sort of feels like it never left. (Just me?)

Which doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be champing at the bit for tonight’s 40th season premiere—a sure-to-be splashy episode featuring a leaner, meaner cast, an all-new pair at the Weekend Update desk, and a host with potential to immediately join the list of greats. Maybe it’d be best to go over »

- Hillary Busis

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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 10 years on: A ground-breaking blockbuster

27 September 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It's 1994, and aspiring filmmaker Kerry Conran sits down with his Macintosh IIci to begin work on a short film that's a throwback to the buccaneering adventure serials of the '30s and '40s. In those post-Jurassic Park days, computer-generated visual effects technology was still in its infancy, but Conran, a former CalArts student, saw the potential to tell a story he'd dreamed about. After four years of painstaking work with blue screen and his already-obsolete Mac, he fashioned a black and white teaser trailer for The World of Tomorrow.

Alongside Conran for the entirety of the journey was his brother Kevin Conran, who served as production and costume designer on both the short and eventual feature film. Speaking to Digital Spy from his home in California, Kevin recalled the lightbulb moment when his brother first pitched him the idea.

"At the time I was working as a freelance »

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Made in Chelsea: New York - Who's been a bad bloke? 22 best bits

15 September 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

We can't believe it's already over! We still have Stars and Stripes bunting in our living room and pretzels in the oven, but the Made in Chelsea trip to New York is now at an end (and no, we're not happy about it). Luckily, it went out in style with a shock hook-up, more Stevie romance drama (who would have guessed?) and plenty of other bits too. Read on for our 22 best bits...

1. The moment when... Lucy took a huge dog for a walk (or rather, he took her for a walk).

Why does Lucy have a dog? We don't know. All we know is that it's strong and it's called Meatloaf. Meatloaf. We want to gobble him up.

2. The moment when... Sam tucked into a giant ice cream sundae.

Eight scoops. Cheesecake underneath. Sauces. The sundae of kings! Sam tucked in ("I really wouldn't do that mate," Louise warned »

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'Finding Dory' meets 'The Wire'? It could happen

11 September 2014 5:18 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Stringer Bell and Jimmy McNulty might be sharing the screen again, sort of. But instead of confronting each other on the mean streets of Baltimore, they’ll be taking to the sea.

Wire alums Idris Elba and Dominic West are reportedly lending their voices to Finding Dory, Disney and Pixar’s followup to Finding Nemo. West revealed the news in an interview with ShortList magazine this week.

“I saw Idris recently,” West said in the interview. “We’re both in the sequel to Finding Nemo, so we were recording that.” Elba is also voicing the role of Shere Khan in Disney’s The Jungle Book, »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Dominic West And Idris Elba On For Finding Dory

11 September 2014 4:37 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

We already know that Idris Elba will be lending his distinctive vocals to Shere Khan in Jon Favreau’s Jungle Book. But according to his former Wire co-star Dominic West, he’ll also be working on Pixar’s sequel to Finding Nemo, Finding Dory.Talking to Shortlist, West revealed that he’s in regular contact with several of the actors from the much-praised HBO series and that he and Elba are both performing voice duties on Dory. We hope they've met around a microphone once or twice in the course of their work, and exchanged some chat in flawless Baltimore accents.Finding Dory, of course, will act as the follow-up to the company’s 2003 smash hit and explores Ellen DeGeneres’ character and her family. Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton are set as her parents, Charlie and Jenny, while Ty Burrell is comic whale sidekick Bailey. Oh! Oh! We speak Whale! »

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'Finding Dory' Reunites 'Wire' Stars Idris Elba and Dominic West

11 September 2014 12:10 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While fans keep waiting for The Wire reunion to happen, series stars Idris Elba and Dominic West are set to "reunite" on the big screen in a much different way. Dominic West revealed in a recent interview that both he and Idris Elba are voicing characters in the Pixar animated sequel Finding Dory.

Here's what Dominic West had to say in a recent interview with ShortList, where he confirmed the casting.

"I saw Idris recently. We're both in the sequel to Finding Nemo, so we were recording that. I'm in pretty regular contact with a lot of guys from The Wire - a lot of them are godparents to my kids, so I love them dearly."

No details were given regarding the characters both Idris Elba and Dominic West are voicing in the animated sequel, but they join a cast that includes Finding Nemo stars Ellen DeGeneres (Dory), Albert Brooks »

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Good News Kids, Your Favorite 'Wire' Characters Are Coming to 'Finding Dory'

11 September 2014 3:33 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

One of our most anticipated movies of 2016 is undoubtedly "Finding Dory," Pixar's sequel to their beloved underwater adventure "Finding Nemo" (which was released way back in 2003). While details on the animated movie are scarce (we were at a party with the producer a few months ago and couldn't even squeeze anything out of her), it obviously concerns Dory, the forgetful fish played by Ellen DeGeneres and features returning cast members Albert Brooks and Willem Dafoe (and, as revealed at D23 last year, Ty Burrell plays a Beluga whale). But some new casting news has dropped, and it should make all those little kids who are fans of cultish HBO series very happy.

Dominic West, who played the hardened, alcoholic detective McNulty on the freakishly adored HBO series "The Wire" recently revealed to The Shortlist (via Film Divider) that both he and Idris Elba, who played ruthless gang enforcer Stringer Bell, »

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Finding Nemo('s back to school excitement)

5 September 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Hello all, Manuel here finding ways of getting pumped for my 25th year as a student this fall (please don’t do the math); and what better way to do so than to see it through the clown-fish colored eyes of Nemo, whose excitement for his first day of school cannot be matched?

One of the joys of Andrew Stanton’s gorgeous 2003 Academy Award winning Finding Nemo is the way it builds a productive tension between the wide-eyed wonder of Nemo and Dory, and the dry cynicism of Marlin and Gill. It’s no surprise the gleeful abandon of Crush (voiced by Stanton himself!) when dealing with his own adventurous son is what propels Marlin’s attitude change that finally leads him to P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney. But before all of that, Stanton establishes Nemo’s excitement and curiosity in that first scene when we meet him as he gets ready for school. »

- Manuel Betancourt

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London Film Festival 2014: full line-up

3 September 2014 5:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Browse all the sections of the 58th London Film Festival (Oct 8-18) including the galas, competition titles and individual sections.

Alphabetical list of titles by section including feature premiere status

Wp = Wp

Ep = European Premiere

IP = International Premiere

UK = UK Premiere

Opening Night

The Imitation Game (UK-us)

dir. Morten Tyldum

Closing Night

Fury (Us)

dir. David Ayer

GalasTitlePremFoxcatcher (Us)

dir. Bennett MillerUKWhiplash (Us)

dir. Damien ChazelleUKMen, Women And Children (Us)

dir. Jason ReitmanEPWild (Us)

dir. Jean-Marc ValleeEPTestament Of Youth (UK)

dir. James KentWPMr. Turner (UK)

dir. Mike LeighUKThe Battles Of Coronel And Falkland Islands (UK)

dir. Walter Summers Rosewater (Us)

dir. Jon StewartEPMommy (Can)

dir. Xavier DolanUKA Little Chaos (UK)

dir. Alan RickmanEPWild Tales (Arg)

dir. Damián SzifrónUKThe Salvation (Den)

dir. Kristian Levring The White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom (Chi)

dir. Jacob CheungIPWinter Sleep (Tur)

dir. Nuri Bilge CeylanUKBjork: Biophilia Live (UK)

dir. Nick Fenton, Peter StricklandUKSong Of The Sea (Ire)

dir. Tomm MooreEPOfficial »

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