Andrew Stanton Explains Why John Carter Of Mars Became Just John Carter

When Andrew Stanton was in London last month, I went down to see almost twenty minutes of the film and to hear what he had to say about it. He was most interesting, not to mention infectiously passionate. I’ve already shared his empassioned feelings about how the movie industry is broken.

One of the most interesting things Stanton had to say, I think, was his explanation of why the film is now called just John Carter, plain and simple and without Of Mars. It seems to be a controversial decision, but he certainly has his reasons:

Here’s the real truth of it. I’d already changed it from A Princess Of Mars to John Carter Of Mars. I don’t like to get fixated on it, but I changed Princess Of Mars… because not a single boy would go.

And then the other truth is, no girl would go to see John Carter Of Mars. So I said, “I don’t won’t to do anything out of fear, I hate doing things out of fear, but I can’t ignore that truth.”

All the time we were making this big character story which just so happens to be in this big, spectacular new environment. But it’s not about the spectacle, it’s about the investment. I thought, I’ve really worked hard to make all of this an origin story. It’s about a guy becoming John Carter. So I’m not misrepresenting what this movie is, it’s John Carter.

Mars is going to stick on any other film in the series. But by then, it won’t have a stigma to it.

Any other film in the series? Yep. Stay tuned for more on that soon…

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