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Considering the studio took a $200 million loss on its first foray to Barsoom, it will come as little surprise to hear that Disney has given up on the movie, television and merchandise rights to John Carter, with the property now reverting back to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. However, this may be good news for fans hoping to see more of Burroughs’ Martian adventures on the big screen, as the company is now seeking a new studio to continue the franchise.
“John Carter of Mars was the creative stimulus behind such movie classics as Superman, Star Wars and Avatar,” said James Sullos, President. “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 »
- Gary Collinson
Andrew Garfield, Joshua Jackson, and Taylor Kitsch were all smiles while hanging out together at the GQ Gentlemen's Ball in NYC on Wednesday evening. The dapper dudes chatted it up after the ceremony, which also brought out Zachary Quinto, Taye Diggs, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Terry Crews. Farther north, Selena Gomez was magnificent in magenta at the star-studded We Day event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Wednesday. Orlando Bloom, with whom Selena reportedly traveled to Canada, was also on hand, reigniting rumors of a romance between the two. As for performances, Nick Jonas stole the spotlight when he took the mic. In other fun moments, Reese Witherspoon and Dakota Johnson epitomized glamour at a fashion event, Liv Tyler braved the rain with a smile, and Sarah Jessica Parker continued her picture-perfect filming adventures abroad. Keep scrolling to see what else your favorite celebrities have been up to this week! »
John Carter was not the hit Disney hoped for at the box office. The studio reportedly lost $200 million on the film, expecting it to launch a blockbuster franchise but instead delivering a Taylor Kitsch-fronted flop. There are some admittedly interesting ideas and imagery in the film, but there's no denying its critical and commercial failure. Still, some left a candle burning in the hopes that the John Carter of Mars franchise was not dead. And now it seems the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs may live on—just not at Disney. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. announced on Tuesday, Oct. »
- Jonathon Dornbush
In recent years, one of the most mis-managed attempts at launching a franchise was Disney’s John Carter. No one can quite agree on what went wrong, though casting, script, and poor marketing probably all share at least part of the blame. Suffice it to say that John Carter did not launch a franchise and star Taylor Kitsch remains a not-quite-household name. But, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel series might get another chance at the big screen, though not with Disney, as the company has just lost the rights to the character.
The rights to John Carter were recently regained by Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc., the publishing company created by Burroughs in 1923. While some of Burroughs’ works have passed into the public domain, the two most famous characters – Tarzan and now John Carter – remain under their control. The company also intends to do right by their founder’s work, announcing that »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Two years after Disney's failed film adaptation of the first Edgar Rice Burrogh's "John Carter of Mars" hit cinemas, the film and TV rights to the property have reverted back to the late author's estate.
In a statement released by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the company confirmed the reverstion and that they are "seeking a new studio to continue this seminal Sci-Fi adventure".
The 2012 film starred Taylor Kitsch as a former military captain inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes embroiled in a civil war. Critical reviews were mixed, the marketing campaign has been written about as one of the most disastrous in recent history, and domestic box-office was woeful with just $73 million.
Internationally it fared better with a further $211 million, but that still wasn't close to covering the film's enormous $250 million budget. As a result, Disney took a major write down on the film with the perceived failure leading »
- Garth Franklin
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.
"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 »
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.
Warner Bros is currently developing a film based on another classic Burroughs property, Tarzan. »
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 »
Further proving that we are living through the biggest week for superhero-movie news since last week and the week before, Warner Bros. just announced one of the most hilariously aggressive franchise-extension plans in movie history. Between now and 2020, WB plans to release a whopping 13 movies based on DC comic book characters–including two Justice League movies, the long-awaited Wonder Woman film, a movie starring the popular Lego™ Batman character and a movie starring the somewhat less popular Affleck™ Batman character. Now, it's hard to know where this fits into the glorious history of Superhero Franchise announcements. Is this the second »
- Darren Franich
Back in May, producer Lauren Shuler Donner confirmed that Channing Tatum will star as the mystical, card-throwing Cajun mutant Remy LeBeau, a.k.a. Gambit, after the actor spent months campaigning for the role in various interviews. We also reported that the actor will first appear in X-Men: Apocalypse before his own stand-alone Gambit adventure. While doing press for The Book of Life, Channing Tatum offered an update on the movie, revealing that they are searching for a writer to give this character a unique origin story in what will be a smaller movie than we usually see in the X-Men franchise.
"We're finding a writer and sort of beating it out. We really do want to try our hardest to give something fresh. We're obviously going to go to the saving the world superhero movies eventually, but not for the first one. We kind of want to introduce this »
From crashing weddings together to chasing after a killer? Rachel McAdams, 35, is reportedly in talks to join her Wedding Crashers costar Vince Vaughn in the second season of True Detective on HBO. According to Deadline.com, she's in line to play Ani Bezzerides, a professional sheriff who likes to imbibe and gamble while off-duty.HBO would not comment. Vaughn, 44, along with Colin Farrell, 38, have already been cast in the second season, which HBO says will follow "three police officers and a career criminal who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder." Rumors persist that Taylor Kitsch »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
The struggle is real for these pint-sized actresses.
The duo star in Tiny Detectives, a "Funny or Die" parody that pits the 5'2 Mara and 5'1 Page against criminals. See the whole thing below.
News: Who Knew the 'True Detective' Director Was So Good Looking?!
Don't mess with us! Watch #tinydetectives with @_KateMara and me. http://t.co/dF9lmCd2CA
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) September 25, 2014
Meanwhile, HBO has confirmed that Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will co-star in season two of the Nic Pizzolatto drama, with director Justin Lin to helm the first two episodes. According to multiple reports, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch are also expected to join the »
Earlier this week HBO finally confirmed that both Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn had signed on for the second season of True Detective. And if sources are correct, both men will be joined by Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch, who will round out the series’ four lead roles. The casting news is sure to draw excitement and ire among fans as debate unfolds about whether or not each actor is the right choice.
While it remains to be seen just how each actor does in the series, we rounded up their best roles that serve as a primer to the crime drama.
Most mans of Vince Vaughn know him for his hilarious comedies, such as Wedding Crashers and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, but there was a time when the actor explored a more serious side of things. In 2000′s The Cell, Vaughn goes inside the mind of a serial »
- Stacy Lambe
HBO has offered Rachel McAdams the lead female role in their drama thriller True Detective, and I think it'd be smart of her to take it. If she does, she will join Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, who she starred alongside in the comedy Wedding Crashers. There's one other lead role that needs to be filled as well, and that is expected to go to Taylor Kitsch.
Justin Lin (Fast and Furious franchise) is set to direct the first two episodes of Season 2, which is set in California and revolves around three police officers and a career criminal who navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. McAdams would play one of the three cops.
Creator Nic Pizzolatto has been hard at work writing the series, which is sure to be a huge hit. The first season was amazing, and I can only imagine that the second »
- Joey Paur
True Detective season two casting announcements are like buses – they take blummin’ ages to arrive, and people seem to have polarised opinions about them (so far).
On an unrelated note, today we had our second cast confirmation in as many days after a long wait - It’s been announced that Mean Girls, Sherlock Holmes and About Time actress Rachel McAdams will be playing the female lead.
Slate great piece on why we need less reboots and more original genre fiction - interesting points made that aren't just the usual bitching
Interview talks to the director of Wild Tales, which I loved at Tiff, Damián Szifrón
Shark Robot Avengers as cold cereal t-shirts. The best ones are clearly Thorrios and Loki Charms 'bifrosted!"
- NATHANIEL R
The male cast is largely in place. The question now for True Detective fans – who will play the female lead? While Rachel McAdams has been high on the production team’s wishlist for a while, her involvement is getting close to reality with the news she is in talks to join the second season. The diverse range of actresses mooted for the part have included Rosario Dawson and Jessica Biel but reportedly McAdams is the name that will shortly be announced to join Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn. Taylor Kitsch is also said to be about to sign on the dotted line.
Recently following her turn in Richard Curtis’s About Time with John Le Carre’s A Most Wanted Man, McAdams is one of those high profile talents who is keen to take on different types of roles. That shouldn’t be a problem here as she’s wanted to play Ani Bezzerides, »
- Steve Palace
McAdams would join the currently confirmed Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn in the series, with the fourth lead role expected to go to Taylor Kitsch. McAdams appears to have beaten out the likes of Jessica Biel and Malin Akerman for the role.
The main issue has been one of scheduling with McAdams about to start the Catholic Church sex scandal "Spotlight". In the past day or so, a deal has apparently been worked out so the actress could do both projects.
Justin Lin is set to direct the first two episodes of the HBO drama's second season which revolves around three police officers and a career criminal who navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. »
- Garth Franklin
See? We told you guys to just wait — and, yes, we had to take that advice to heart, too — because, no matter what the addition of Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn to the True Detective second season roster meant, it didn’t mean that casting was over. Now, well, casting still isn’t over, but it’s getting there, and it’s certainly moving in a very nice direction. Variety reports that, as has been rumored off and on for awhile now, Rachel McAdams has been offered one of four lead roles in the HBO series’ second season. The part will reportedly see McAdams playing “a Monterey sheriff with a troubled past that has led her to a gambling and alcohol addiction.” The part is one of three law enforcement types on the new season — Farrell is on board as one, Taylor Kitsch is still expected to play the other, and »
- Kate Erbland
Earlier in the week it was confirmed that both Colin Farrell (Total Recall) and Vince Vaughn (Delivery Man) have signed on to the second season of True Detective, and now Variety is reporting that HBO has offered Rachel McAdams (About Time) and Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) the two remaining lead roles.
Should deals be reached, McAdams and Kitsch would appear as detectives alongside Colin Farrell’s Ray Velcoro, “a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.” Vaughn is set to play the villain, a career criminal called Frank Semyon.
How do you think the cast of True Detective is shaping up for its second season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
- Gary Collinson
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