The groundwork for the second and third "John Carter" films has been prepared long before the first movie got into production, and the reason behind it was recently unraveled. Producer Jim Morris spilled the beans to The Hollywood Reporter when asked about the status of the sequels at the premiere of the action adventure movie.
"When we started on this film, we actually wrote treatments for the first three films based on the first three books, and it wasn't assuming that it would be a franchise or assuming that we get to make another one," he said. "What we really wanted to do was have the story arc figured out so that if we did have that good fortune we wouldn't have boxed ourselves into a corner."
During the occasion, Morris revealed the reason behind the casting of lead actor Taylor Kitsch. Making a reference to the actor's Tim Riggins character on "Friday Night Lights", he pointed out, "What we saw in the Riggins character and we saw in Taylor's screen test was a certain damaged quality behind the eyes. There's something a little broken."
Based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, "John Carter" follows former military captain John Carter, who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet. In a world on the brink of collapse, he rediscovers his humanity as he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.
This sci-fi movie has director Andrew Stanton serving behind the lens, and Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong and Samantha Morton among the cast ensemble. It is set to open wide in theaters across the United States on Friday, March 9.
While it is made with $250-million-plus budget, "Carter" has got mixed reviews and media analysts think it would be upstaged by "The Lorax". The epic fantasy movie might only rake in $20 million to $25 million worth of tickets over the weekend, while the latter is projected to hold onto its #1 position on the box office by garnering as much as $40 million.