Title Changes: JOHN CARTER OF MARS Becomes JOHN CARTER, Andrew Niccol’s NOW Retitled IN TIME

     May 23, 2011


We’ve got a couple of title changes to report today, one of them quite disappointing. We’ve confirmed that director Andrew Stanton’s (Wall-E) adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ sci-fi epic John Carter of Mars has been changed by Disney to the bland John Carter. I understand the studio’s nervousness about marketing a big-budget sci-fi movie set in the Civil War and on Mars featuring no Will Smith-level stars, but taking the words “of Mars” out of the title doesn’t change that fact that Dr. Carter—er—John Carter actually goes to Mars. John Carter is just terribly a bland title. It tells you nothing about the film. It could easily be a Kevin James comedy about a guy who has a wacky talking dog as a roommate (someone will make this, I’m certain). The film features Taylor Kitsch, Mark Strong, Willem Dafoe, and Bryan Cranston. John Carter hits theaters March 9th, 2012.

Additionally, Dark Horizons has confirmed that Andrew Niccol’s (Gattaca) sci-fi flick Now has undergone yet another title change, and will now be referred to as In Time. Previously titled I’m.Mortal, then Now, the flick stars Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, and takes place in a futuristic society where aging can be stopped so trading years in life becomes the predominant currency. The film hits theaters October 28th. Hit the jump for a plot synopsis of John Carter (ugh).


Here’s the synopsis for John Carter:


Academy Award(r)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton brings this captivating hero to the big screen in a stunning adventure epic set on the wounded planet of Mars, a world inhabited by warrior tribes and exotic desert beings. Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom Series,” the film chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter, who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants.




  • Ringbearer1420

    Or just call it A Princess of Mars, but that would be to original, sticking to the actually title.

    • DerpyJones

      Except they already adapted John carter a couple years ago and it is called “Princess of Mars”

  • neevarpsnilloc

    If the movie is as awesome as it is going to be (which it will…be as awesome as…it is going to be…yeah…), then i can see John Carter being a household name like Indiana Jones. Is that what they are trying to do? Forcing everyone to put all the focus on the name ‘John Carter’?

    I feel like Mars Needs Moms’ performance had something to do with it as well.

    Maybe they’ll do a hindsight title change if they adapt the rest of the series (John Carter and the Princess of Mars, etc.)

    Personally, I think it should be “John”. Or actually just “JC”. Or even better, “JC Chasez”. Is he in the movie? Oh God, please let him be in the movie.

  • aaronsullivan

    The John Carter title is tough. It really is. The Mars thing feels a bit cheesy for Sci-Fi movies due to association with previous mediocre movies. Yes, Mars Needs Moms, but also Mission to Mars and Mars Attacks!

    A Princess of Mars really doesn’t speak to the content of the story very well. John Carter is more popular as the intern/doctor on ER (who was probably named after the book’s character?) so keeping the name alone is also problematic.

    I just don’t even know what I’d do.

    Thing is… I’ll take it with whatever name because the potential is huge, the story is a fun adventure, and it’s in the hands of a director who can certainly deliver.

  • Mark

    New title is just nothing. Says nothing about the film at all.

  • felliniboy

    i can’t wait for the trailer for both of these pictures.

    the development of John Carter is “Avatar-ish”. i think they shot the movie back in 2009.

    as for Andrew Niccol’s ever changing Sci-Fi movie, i’m curious to see the futuristic “look” it will bring. Roger Deakins shot this movie so it makes you wonder how will he shoot a Sci-Fi film. plus, it’s his first movie in digital(which he says converted him from film)

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  • Some Guy

    They should change the title to “John Carter… and, oh, yeah, he’s on Mars.” People.