Watch 13 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage to See How JOHN CARTER Was Brought to Life; Plus 3 New Clips

     February 16, 2012


Disney’s John Carter is a movie that’s been in development for over two decades. Numerous filmmakers have attempted to tackle Edgar Rice Burroughs’s source material (published 100 years ago), and Andrew Stanton (Wall-E) is the director who finally brought the story to life. In order to transport Taylor Kitsch’s title character to a creature-infested Mars, a great deal of visual effects work was needed. Nearly 13 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the making of John Carter have been released that give us a glimpse into how Stanton pulled it all off. We see models built during the conception stage, Willem Dafoe walking around on stilts in order to portray a towering Thark, how Stanton got Kitsch to make those giant leaps, and even composer Michael Giacchino (Lost, Star Trek) hard at work on the film’s score.

Hit the jump to check out the footage, as well as three new clips from the film. The sci-fi pic also stars Thomas Haden Church, Mark Strong, Lynn Collins, and Samantha Morton. John Carter opens in 3D on March 9th.

For more John Carter coverage: over 95 high resolution images, a new clip, featurette, and TV spot, and Matt’s set visit overview and interviews with co-writer/director Andrew Stanton, Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe and Thomas Haden Church, Lynn Collins, and Samantha Morton.

Behind the Scenes Footage

4 Clips

Here’s the official synopsis for John Carter:

From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”–a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.


  • Ralok (oh why bother you know I am Eric)

    play darn you

  • jehosophat

    Looks like Disney’s tryin’ to create a new Star Wars sci-fantasy epic. Since goddamn George Pukus is clearly incapable of making one himself!

    Judging from the soundtrack, cutesy characters, & unbelievably tension between the “Princess” (sound familiar) & JC (…no… they didn’t…) they might be onto some serious corporate synergystic stuff here.

    And Hell I’ll say it. It looks more enjoyable than Avatar. But who cares about joy anymore … except … holy crap. KIDS! (I’m so jaded it’s not even funny – hahaha)

    • james

      It’s a breath of fresh air how you don’t sound like a regular internet commentator…

  • Anon

    This wont even break 25 mil, huge flop.

    • Ralok (oh why bother you know I am Eric)

      why do you care? why are you implanting the idea of failure into peoples minds? what do you have to gain from telling people the film is going to fail, what is your end goal, what is the game you are playing. WHAT DO YOU WANT!

      All AAALLLLLLLL pre viewings of this film have been given good reviews and good thoughts!

      I dont care if it flops, all indications are its a good film! and why would wyou want to implant the idea of failure into peoples minds!

  • jake

    First, “John Carter” is a terribly unimaginative title for this kind of movie, it has no mystery. Second, Taylor Kitsch just doesn’t seem to inhabit this character comfortably, I suppose this is not easy with so many VFX shots, but Gerard Butler pulled it off in a green room. Or maybe it’s because he is working with a director who is used to directing CGI characters more than people? Then again, Brad Bird delivered in Ghost Protocol, so let’s hope Andrew Stanton has a few tricks up his sleeve to make this picture interesting.

    So far, though, it just seems incredibly unemotional. Where’s the drama?

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  • Anonymous

    one of best galactic movie ever!