All Action, All the Time: Jumbo-Sized 'John Carter' TV Spot

Wednesday, 08 February 2012 15:34 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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All Action, All the Time: Jumbo-Sized 'John Carter' TV Spot

This week we've already seen quite a bit from John Carter.  On Sunday, there was the Super Bowl spot and an extended, minute-long version of that commercial, then Monday brought seven new images from the science fiction epic that Disney is very much hoping will kick off a franchise adapting the almost-century old Barsoom novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Now, we've got a whole new extended TV spot, and this one feels like, with a month until release, the marketing effort for John Carter may have found just the right note to play.

This spot contains only perfunctory dialogue, but included in that is an admittedly clumsy line from the eponymous Mr. Carter declaring in no uncertain terms that he's on Mars, notable given that Disney has seemed hesitant to actually acknowledge the setting so far.  Then it's all action on an appropriately huge scale that looks like it could be a whole lot of fun.

As the watermark unsubtly suggests, the video comes from the good folks at Coming Soon.

The Barsoom series has been so hugely influential on so much of the science fiction and adventure stories that followed, including Star Wars and Dune, that audiences might end up thinking that John Carter is derivative of the properties owing it a massive debt.  That's no small problem in selling the movie, but certainly not insurmountable as long as it actually looks fun.

Tim Riggins himself, Taylor Kitsch, makes his first starring role here, alongside his fellow X-Men Origins: Wolverine supporting player Lynn Collins as Martian Princess Dejah Thoris.  The sprawling ensemble cast includes Mark Strong, Polly Walker, Daryl Sabara, Thomas Haden Church, Bryan Cranston, Samantha Morton, Dominic Cooper, James Purefoy, and Willem Dafoe playing Tars Tarka via motion capture.

Andrew Stanton, the director of Finding Nemo and Wall-E, makes his live-action directorial debut here, working from a screenplay by himself, Mark Andrews, and literary BAMF Michael Chabon.

Snag some Rogue 3D Eyewear right quick so you can be ready when John Carter arrives in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on March 9th.

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