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John Carter of Mars now just John Carter in inexplicable title change

05.24.2011

Look, I know that sometimes you have to change the title of a film in order not to confuse potential moviegoers. I get that PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF is better served as just PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS, or PERCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTNING THIEF or whatever it ended up being, but taking the "MARS" out of "JOHN CARTER"? What the hell?

The title change news comes via Dark Horizons, and I can't for the life of me figure out what they were going for here. Who wants to go see a movie called "JOHN CARTER"? It sounds like the adventures of a suburban dentist. He's not Truman Capote or Muhammad Ali, people aren't going to see his film based of off name recognition.

If anything, if they really wanted to cut some words out, "OF MARS" would be more interesting title, but obviously the whole thing would be ideal. Speculation is that the studio is trying to distance themselves from the recent MARS NEEDS MOMS bomb, which clearly has just ruined Mars for everyone ever now. Thanks guys.

So, is this just stupid, or really stupid?

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Source: Dark Horizsons

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4:07PM on 05/25/2011

what?

Wouldn't this just attract LESS attention from the mass market? You throw something crazy in the title like 'mars' and it makes any movie better.

Saving Private Ryan on Mars
Jurassic Park on Mars
The Avengers on Mars
Rambo on Mars
John Carter of Mars

but then you just change it to John Carter? Do you know how many people will just go 'pass' before they know anything about the movie just after reading the title?
Wouldn't this just attract LESS attention from the mass market? You throw something crazy in the title like 'mars' and it makes any movie better.

Saving Private Ryan on Mars
Jurassic Park on Mars
The Avengers on Mars
Rambo on Mars
John Carter of Mars

but then you just change it to John Carter? Do you know how many people will just go 'pass' before they know anything about the movie just after reading the title?
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9:28PM on 05/24/2011

If I remember correctly...

... from the article I read, the "problem" word wasn't Mars, it was Moms.
... from the article I read, the "problem" word wasn't Mars, it was Moms.
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5:29PM on 05/24/2011

THIS SUMMER...

JOHN CARTER NEEDS MOMS

NEXT SUMMER, He'll be back in...

GET HARDER, JOHN CARTER: MOMMY NEEDS
JOHN CARTER NEEDS MOMS

NEXT SUMMER, He'll be back in...

GET HARDER, JOHN CARTER: MOMMY NEEDS
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3:34PM on 05/24/2011
I was about to agree with you Paul, then you mentioned "Mars Needs Moms" and I remembered that's not the first movie referencing Mars that just tanked. There was the deadly duo of "Mission to Mars" and "Red Planet" eleven years ago. I have no idea if this is connected to that decision, but if references to Mars just kill any interest then, sadly, I could a least understand it.
I was about to agree with you Paul, then you mentioned "Mars Needs Moms" and I remembered that's not the first movie referencing Mars that just tanked. There was the deadly duo of "Mission to Mars" and "Red Planet" eleven years ago. I have no idea if this is connected to that decision, but if references to Mars just kill any interest then, sadly, I could a least understand it.
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8:05PM on 05/24/2011
Red Planet was okay. Some people didn't like John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars though.
Red Planet was okay. Some people didn't like John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars though.
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3:11PM on 05/24/2011
Maybe the movie is starring Noah Wiley, because that was his character's name on ER
Maybe the movie is starring Noah Wiley, because that was his character's name on ER
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2:52PM on 05/24/2011
Don't agree with the name change but I am a big fan of the books and have high hopes for this. Can't wait till we actually start seeing some stuff from it.
Don't agree with the name change but I am a big fan of the books and have high hopes for this. Can't wait till we actually start seeing some stuff from it.
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2:08PM on 05/24/2011

Bad title change but I still have hope

With Andrew Stanton in the director's chair, it's hard to see how this could go wrong.
With Andrew Stanton in the director's chair, it's hard to see how this could go wrong.
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1:01PM on 05/24/2011
I don't know anything about this comic or this movie, but if I had millions of dollars on the line, I would get as far away from "Mars Needs Moms" as possible. Still, "John Carter" is a terrible title. I do like just "Of Mars" quite a bit.
I don't know anything about this comic or this movie, but if I had millions of dollars on the line, I would get as far away from "Mars Needs Moms" as possible. Still, "John Carter" is a terrible title. I do like just "Of Mars" quite a bit.
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12:51PM on 05/24/2011

yeah pretty lousy move...

Just keep in mars. Whats the big deal it's not a huge title. Now it sounds like some shitty denzel movie. Or another shitty sean penn movie in which he plays a gay dude. YAY
Just keep in mars. Whats the big deal it's not a huge title. Now it sounds like some shitty denzel movie. Or another shitty sean penn movie in which he plays a gay dude. YAY
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12:43PM on 05/24/2011
Okay. Someone has to ask this. Will Disney's John Carter still have adventures on Mars? Or, do you figure he'll get re-located? A person can just picture the producer questioning the screenwriter "Does he have to be on Mars? Because test figures show that John Carter and Pluto (the dog) has better merchandising possibilities. Why don't you just shove your script and source material up Uranus."

Maybe, Disney thinks that potential audiences will mistake the sci-fi hero for the ER guy played by
Okay. Someone has to ask this. Will Disney's John Carter still have adventures on Mars? Or, do you figure he'll get re-located? A person can just picture the producer questioning the screenwriter "Does he have to be on Mars? Because test figures show that John Carter and Pluto (the dog) has better merchandising possibilities. Why don't you just shove your script and source material up Uranus."

Maybe, Disney thinks that potential audiences will mistake the sci-fi hero for the ER guy played by Noah Wylie. Maybe, product placement deals require that Hershey's (from your Uranus) appears in the movie, but not any Mars (candy) products. Maybe, Disney's Marvel's Ares is real, and he insisted his name not be used on a shitty project. Maybe, executives thought of Mars Needs Moms and also Mars Attacks, Invaders from Mars, and Mars B-movies before deciding to go with the stupid title. Maybe, the Martian guy from WB objected to his name being used. Maybe, I won't spend dollar one seeing this "meteor shit" if I doubt the film-makers cared about doing the project right.
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12:38PM on 05/24/2011
This is either really stupid or INCREDIBLY stupid.

Just...it's so simple. John Carter of Mars. Short and simple, no?
This is either really stupid or INCREDIBLY stupid.

Just...it's so simple. John Carter of Mars. Short and simple, no?
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12:20PM on 05/24/2011
And somehow they won't change Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Sigh...
And somehow they won't change Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Sigh...
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12:09PM on 05/24/2011
Mars Needs Moms proved that there's little interest in Mars and anyone Mars related. Planetism is an all too real problem affecting society.
Mars Needs Moms proved that there's little interest in Mars and anyone Mars related. Planetism is an all too real problem affecting society.
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