Thursday, July 14, 2011

John Carter Trailer

I wonder if scifi/fantasy fans today appreciate just how ancient Edgar Rice Burroughs "Mars" books are. This is on of the "subject zeroes" of genre-fiction - think "War of the Worlds." Think "King Solomon's Mines." It was old when "Lord of The Rings" was young. The "bedrock" stories modern writers and filmmakers try to live up to today were themselves trying to live up to this.

People have been trying to put the series (which concerns a Civil War veteran named John Carter who is transported to Mars and gets caught up in an alien conflict) on film since the invention of film. This first "real" attempt comes courtesy of Pixar's Andrew Stanton... and it looks VERY close to a "nailed it."



I like everything about this trailer - starting from the fact that they're apparently keeping the "journals kept by a dead relative" framing device and ending with the not-at-all-generic music choice and editing. It'd be nice to see some more of the aliens (whose outlandishness is what's largely kept the series unfilmmable until now) but I'm liking the look of it - yes, even what looks like a logical-compromise in the realm of costuming (Burroughs was BIG on "going native" machismo, and was seldom without an excuse for his heroes and heroines to do their fighting essentially naked.)

It'll be interesting to see how a general audience reacts to this - the inherent problem in adapting older genre material is that it's been so thoroughly cannibalized by it's descendants that literally EVERYTHING about it will be somewhat familiar dozens of times over - what "Star Wars" borrowed from Flash Gordon, Flash Gordon borrowed from John Carter. So far, I like what I see... but will what boils down to "Conan in Space" go over with anyone else?

10 comments:

Emperor Gum said...

Totally stoked about this! Also, the Song 'My Body Is A Cage' is originally by Arcade Fire. Not sure who rerecorded it. Sounds nice, though!

the entertainment junkie said...

I think it looks absolutely fantastic. Also, that cover of Arcade Fire's 'My Body is a cage' sounds great! I wonder who did that song and wether it was made especially for this trailer. It also has something very basic to it, but in a good way. I see how this is based on old sci-fi, but I like it. I hope that it does not get too 'disneyfied', but other than that it really looks good.

Aiddon said...

Looks good for Andrew Stanton's first live-action outing.

Joe said...

I can't but feel this will be a better Conan movie than next month's Conan movie.

Steve said...

Odd thing to say, but I feel Zach Snyder would've done this film a bit better justice. The art style in the trailer just looks so godawfully bland when put next to the illustrations the all powerful Frank Frazetta made for the series: http://www.brokenfrontier.com/userfiles/images/headlines/2010/mar/frazetta_pom-l22.jpg

Drunken Lemur said...

First off, if this does good, do you think it will replace Pirates as Disney's Live Action Summer Blockbuster series that you can take your kids to? Secondly, if this does good, could an Adam Strange movie be a feasible pitch at WB/DC?

Tim said...

The cover is by the great Peter Gabriel and I'll take the fact they chose him for the trailer music to be another good sign.

john said...

First WALL-E, now this...if Pixar is going to keep working with Peter Gabriel, I'm going to be a very happy man.

joeverlander said...

Everything apart from John Carter himself looks great. I began to dislike it when I saw that massive jump thing though.

We NEED another amazing space film, one that isn't the wussy mess that is Avatar. The design looks good, but the Disney logo at the end didn't The jury's still out for me I'm afraid

eldricktobin said...

"Conan in Space" So a GOOD Conan movie is coming out. I was worried considering the stodge that's coming out soon.

Although I do look forward to parodies of next month's "I wish our movie actor wasn't... bleah..." Conan.