A new rumor has surfaced. Walt Disney Company could be looking to recreate a project that originally lost the studio a lot of money.
According to industry insider Daniel Richtman, Disney is in early development on a brand-new John Carter From Mars project. Additional details are under wraps. Richtman says he is unsure whether the project is being developed for the big screen or for Disney+.
The studio played their luck with John Carter back in 2012. But sadly, the film was a box office disaster, grossing $73 million in North America and $209 million globally. This made a worldwide total of $282 million. Furthermore, this resulted in a $200 million writedown for Disney. The movie cost a total of $350 million. Including an estimated production budget of $263 million, it is one of the most expensive films ever made. This ultimately canceled the planned trilogy. God of Mars was the name of the first sequel.
Directed by Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton, John Carter starred Taylor Kitsch as the titular character, Lynn Collins (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Mark Strong (Shazam!), Bryan Cranston (The One and Only Ivan), William Dafoe (Spider-Man), Cirian Hinds (Zack Snyder’s Justice League), and Dominic West (Finding Dory). The film follows a Civil War vet who discovers a barren planet seemingly inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Woola and a princess.
Despite being a financial failure, John Carter has since received a cult status. The film holds a 60% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It also received positive word of mouth from Disney and film fans too. John Carter is available to stream on Disney+.