Boys wouldn’t go see it . . .

Here’s what John Carter director Andrew Stanton (WALL-E, Finding Nemo) told journalists recently about changing the title of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ original 1917 novel from A Princess of Mars to John Carter of Mars and, finally, simply John Carter:

“Here’s the real truth of it. I changed ‘Princess of Mars’… because not a single boy would go.  And then the other truth is, no girl would go to see [a movie called] ‘John Carter of Mars’. So I said, ‘I don’t want to do anything out of fear, I hate doing things out of fear, but I can’t ignore that truth.’” 

Stanton didn’t mention Mars Needs Moms, the huge 2011 flop with “Mars” in the title (also Disney). Or John Carter’s whopping (rumored) $250 million budget!

 

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  • stevendoyle

    That’s ridiculous.  Why exactly does he think girls wouldn’t see a movie called John Carter of Mars?

  • Nautolan Jedi

    because he is not very intelligent, bias based on nonsensical fears…

  • Nautolan Jedi

    Mars Needs Moms was a good film, i enjoyed it.
    It flopped, to the corporations because they didnt make as much money as they hoped…aww, poor wittle Greedy Old Bastards. ;)

  • Nautolan Jedi

    People who worry about the TITLE of the movie attracting or not attracting, men and women…it boils down to this for young adults and teens…

    Lynn Collins is really fxcking hot
    Taylor Kitsch is very attractive to women, and I have to admit, he was bad-ass as Gambit…

    both actors have mass approval; they are both really attractive actors…

    Princess of Mars.. John Carter of Mars…..who cares?

    We all want to see this movie, regardless of the stupid TITLE…

    End Rant

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