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Taylor Kitsch said the script for John Carter 2 was "f*cking awesome"

05.28.2014by:

While JOHN CARTER may have been a commercial and critical disappointment, the Andrew Stanton adventure movie has grown on fans since it hit Blu-ray, myself included. Set to be a franchise starter for Disney, JOHN CARTER instead faded into infamy. Many also looked at the movie coupled with BATTLESHIP as the death knell on Taylor Kitsch's career.

Since then, Kitsch has tried to shake those flops and has turned in strong performances in movies like SAVAGES and LONE SURVIVOR. This past weekend he delivered a powerful turn in Ryan Murphy's AIDS drama THE NORMAL HEART opposite Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts. There may be hope for Kitsch's career yet, but there is pretty much zero chance we will ever see a JOHN CARTER sequel.

Speaking to Variety about his aspirations to be a director and taking challenging roles like THE NORMAL HEART, Kitsch reflected on JOHN CARTER and whether the bad press impacted him at all.

I mean, look man, it wasnít an uplifting experience. My biggest regret would have been if I didnít do enough personally. If I didnít give it everything I had. If I hadnít prepped enough. I donít have that regret, so that allows me to let go. I still talk to Lynn Collins almost daily. Those relationships that were born wonít be broken by people we never met.

He also shared this about the potential sequel.

I miss the family. I miss Andrew Stanton. I know the second script was fucking awesome. We had to plant a grounding, so we could really take off in the second one. The second one was even more emotionally taxing, which was awesome.

JOHN CARTER had the impossible task of living up to the trailers that heralded it as the movie that inspired STAR WARS and AVATAR when many fans saw it and felt it was derivative of those films. Andrew Stanton had the incredible task of creating this entire world from scratch and delivering a unique film experience. I wish we would have gotten to see the further adventures they all had in store for us. At least we can still look back on the movie we got and enjoy it.

Source: Variety

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2:59PM on 05/29/2014
the problem is that most of us here are giving it the thumbs up, or the green approval, but the [problem was that none of us went to go see it in a theater, hence why a sequel will never be considered
the problem is that most of us here are giving it the thumbs up, or the green approval, but the [problem was that none of us went to go see it in a theater, hence why a sequel will never be considered
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12:06PM on 05/29/2014

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This was a great movie. I would love to see a sequel.
This was a great movie. I would love to see a sequel.
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5:47AM on 05/29/2014
The first film was great, it's a shame we'll never get a sequel.
The first film was great, it's a shame we'll never get a sequel.
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12:42AM on 05/29/2014

Bleh

Well when they whoosed out on the title it was all down hill from there. I mean if they were worried that people would not recognize the title then why make it even worse by just making it some dudes name. And yes I would put it on par with the Star Wars sequels for lameness of story, major plot holes and ridiculousness. It could have been good with the budget and efx but they just blew it with the script and scenes that reminded you of other great movies like Battlefield Earth (a civil war vet
Well when they whoosed out on the title it was all down hill from there. I mean if they were worried that people would not recognize the title then why make it even worse by just making it some dudes name. And yes I would put it on par with the Star Wars sequels for lameness of story, major plot holes and ridiculousness. It could have been good with the budget and efx but they just blew it with the script and scenes that reminded you of other great movies like Battlefield Earth (a civil war vet can fly a spaceship with no training, good one) It all boils down to script and this one was bad.
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9:59PM on 05/28/2014

Reading the comments...

Most people agree. It wasn't a bad movie. You can criticise it in places, but there's alot to like in it.
Ahh well.
Most people agree. It wasn't a bad movie. You can criticise it in places, but there's alot to like in it.
Ahh well.
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9:40PM on 05/28/2014
Disney's been desperate to find the next Pirate of the Caribbean film to launch a live action franchise for them, but nothing has worked out for them yet. I thought John Carter was a good film, but it wasn't something I would think to be a smash hit. If they could make a sequel for less I think it would be a good idea.
Disney's been desperate to find the next Pirate of the Caribbean film to launch a live action franchise for them, but nothing has worked out for them yet. I thought John Carter was a good film, but it wasn't something I would think to be a smash hit. If they could make a sequel for less I think it would be a good idea.
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8:49PM on 05/28/2014
John Carter was late to its own party. Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote A Princess of Mars 100 years before the film came out, but in the intervening 100 years, everything from Flash Gordon to Star Wars to Avatar had borrowed from the source material, so it ended up feeling like John Carter was unoriginal. There was potential there, and I don't think it's a terrible movie, but I do think it was boring in spots and was poorly marketed. I always lump it together with Cowboys and Aliens in my mind.
John Carter was late to its own party. Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote A Princess of Mars 100 years before the film came out, but in the intervening 100 years, everything from Flash Gordon to Star Wars to Avatar had borrowed from the source material, so it ended up feeling like John Carter was unoriginal. There was potential there, and I don't think it's a terrible movie, but I do think it was boring in spots and was poorly marketed. I always lump it together with Cowboys and Aliens in my mind.
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7:32PM on 05/28/2014

EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS IS A GREAT WRITER

The sad part is that Disney chose to not give it the attention the movie and author deserves. John Carter of Mars could still be a great franchise but they seem to have their eyes set on others. It's just too damn bad because there are some excellent stories in the John Carter saga. The marketing was all awry and shame on Disney for buying a property of the most ingenious writers of fantasy in the last century. But lets remember how cool a character Tarzan is and Hollywood can't get that
The sad part is that Disney chose to not give it the attention the movie and author deserves. John Carter of Mars could still be a great franchise but they seem to have their eyes set on others. It's just too damn bad because there are some excellent stories in the John Carter saga. The marketing was all awry and shame on Disney for buying a property of the most ingenious writers of fantasy in the last century. But lets remember how cool a character Tarzan is and Hollywood can't get that one right either. Shame on you Disney and Hollywood.
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7:31PM on 05/28/2014

if there really is enough fan interest still

then make an animated movie, even a DTV 2D animated one, those can still be great and don't cost as much. Or, a more interesting route -- turn that sequel into a blockbuster videogame. It's a totally different market that could be much more successful with the right team behind it.
then make an animated movie, even a DTV 2D animated one, those can still be great and don't cost as much. Or, a more interesting route -- turn that sequel into a blockbuster videogame. It's a totally different market that could be much more successful with the right team behind it.
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7:16PM on 05/28/2014
John Carter is actually a good action/adventure movie. I'm still pissed that they decide to cut "Of Mars" out of the title, which I really think is the reason of box office flop. Still, is Disney really going for the sequel? I mean, I thought John Carter is the biggest box office flop for Disney so far.
John Carter is actually a good action/adventure movie. I'm still pissed that they decide to cut "Of Mars" out of the title, which I really think is the reason of box office flop. Still, is Disney really going for the sequel? I mean, I thought John Carter is the biggest box office flop for Disney so far.
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6:21PM on 05/28/2014

Still in major disbelief....

I never anticipated John Carter. I thought the creature from the trailer looked like one of the creatures from SW's Ep.2 prequel where they all fight in the 'gladiator' style arena...and as everyone knows, the prequels stunk; but still I watched John Carter at home for free from a torrent...yes I said it!! and I have to say it didn't need to "Grow on me" cause it had me emotionally invested in all the characters from start to finish....I just couldn't believe it ended...that's the only thing
I never anticipated John Carter. I thought the creature from the trailer looked like one of the creatures from SW's Ep.2 prequel where they all fight in the 'gladiator' style arena...and as everyone knows, the prequels stunk; but still I watched John Carter at home for free from a torrent...yes I said it!! and I have to say it didn't need to "Grow on me" cause it had me emotionally invested in all the characters from start to finish....I just couldn't believe it ended...that's the only thing that bummed me out about JC, it had to end.
So I was taken a back once again when I heard the reviews and how badly the movie was advertised and blah blah blah.....oh and how much money they spent on it....what was it like 50/50 on the reviews or something like that?? maybe a little more in favor of the movie than not....but WTF??? This movie used and abused my feelings much more than Avatar EVER DID!! Avatar was a fun little ride and I'm sure if it was advertised like JC and received the nominal reviews and surprised me to boot, like JC, then I would be almost as upset as I am at how JC has been treated......Never before have I anticipated a sequel that will most likely NEVER BE MADE.....Unless of course Disney sells off JC just like they did with Narnia, which also isn't nearly as spellbinding as JC....
All of this praise I give this movie and I didn't even mention that the Novels, written in like 1905 or something ridiculous like that, have inspired many great sci-fi writers and movie producers, directors, and everyone else alike.....but no matter how inspired the books are anyone could still make a crappy movie which did NOT happen here.....but it did at one point starring none other than Rebecca Lords...lol...clothes on though...sry.
So jus sayin how I don't understand why it didn't GROW ON you and others the first time around like it did for me???? the bad [link]
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5:54PM on 05/28/2014
I had a blast with John Carter and it is a shame we will never get a sequel. I thought the film was great and a lot of fun and much better then some of the blockbusters that have come out within the last few years.
I had a blast with John Carter and it is a shame we will never get a sequel. I thought the film was great and a lot of fun and much better then some of the blockbusters that have come out within the last few years.
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2:18AM on 05/31/2014
I couldn't have said it better myself except for one point in that I think we will get a sequel made it may take a few years.
I couldn't have said it better myself except for one point in that I think we will get a sequel made it may take a few years.
5:36PM on 05/28/2014

It's a shame that Disney messed up JOHN CARTER's promotion

I remember overhearing several producers at a JOHN CARTER junket making some very "off the record" comments about how their displeasure with the way the film was marketed. I enjoy Andrew Stanton's work and I thought he came through with this film.

Unfortunately, Taylor Kitsch wasn't a great choice for the lead. First off, the man cannot do accents (his Cajun accent in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE was atrocious) and he was outplayed by several of his castmates, including Mark Strong and James
I remember overhearing several producers at a JOHN CARTER junket making some very "off the record" comments about how their displeasure with the way the film was marketed. I enjoy Andrew Stanton's work and I thought he came through with this film.

Unfortunately, Taylor Kitsch wasn't a great choice for the lead. First off, the man cannot do accents (his Cajun accent in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE was atrocious) and he was outplayed by several of his castmates, including Mark Strong and James Purefoy - if the guy wasn't such a prima donna, I would have thought Purefoy would have made a stellar John Carter.
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7:00PM on 05/28/2014
Kitsch can't do accents well? You do remember where he got his break right?
Kitsch can't do accents well? You do remember where he got his break right?
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4:41PM on 05/28/2014
I really enjoyed the movie (more [link] of the Marvel cinematic universe movies ;o)
I really enjoyed the movie (more [link] of the Marvel cinematic universe movies ;o)
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4:33PM on 05/28/2014

BEST. MOVIE. EVER. KINDA. SORTA.

I say bring on the sequel. I mean, of course it'll never happen, but I caught this movie on cable one day and I dug the hell out of it. I don't see a situation in which it would've been financially successful considering how Disney mangled the advertising but I bet a holiday release would've allowed it to make a bit more $. It might've actually been able to cross the $100mill mark domestically had it been released around T-Giving or X-mas.
I say bring on the sequel. I mean, of course it'll never happen, but I caught this movie on cable one day and I dug the hell out of it. I don't see a situation in which it would've been financially successful considering how Disney mangled the advertising but I bet a holiday release would've allowed it to make a bit more $. It might've actually been able to cross the $100mill mark domestically had it been released around T-Giving or X-mas.
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4:30PM on 05/28/2014

I really liked John Carter

It just inspired so many other films, comics, and other media since it's inception, that most audiences seen as a retread. Which is sad and almost painful to your dignity, like hearing people talk about Arnold being the original Conan, or Ledger being the only Joker. Or Game of Thrones being like Lord of the Rings.
It just inspired so many other films, comics, and other media since it's inception, that most audiences seen as a retread. Which is sad and almost painful to your dignity, like hearing people talk about Arnold being the original Conan, or Ledger being the only Joker. Or Game of Thrones being like Lord of the Rings.
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3:44PM on 05/28/2014

You have nothing to defend, Taylor.

This breaks my heart. John Carter is EASILY one of my top favorite films of the last ten years or so. It deserves a sequel.
This breaks my heart. John Carter is EASILY one of my top favorite films of the last ten years or so. It deserves a sequel.
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3:41PM on 05/28/2014
I really liked the movie and I think the reason it failed is because of marketing. Most people don't know the source material and Disney just did a terrible job marketing this to the masses. The worst thing they did was name this JOHN CARTER.
I really liked the movie and I think the reason it failed is because of marketing. Most people don't know the source material and Disney just did a terrible job marketing this to the masses. The worst thing they did was name this JOHN CARTER.
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3:38PM on 05/28/2014
I for one loved the John Carter movie. I actually felt the trailers had done it a great disservice and made it feel too cartoonish and childish. However, I had read the books a long time back and decided I would give it a shot, just to see... and I was extremely happy with the result. I felt Kitsch did a fantastic job in the title role and the movie was wonderful groundwork for the start of a franchise. But, I think most moviegoers had my initial trepidations and didn't fall back on nostalgia
I for one loved the John Carter movie. I actually felt the trailers had done it a great disservice and made it feel too cartoonish and childish. However, I had read the books a long time back and decided I would give it a shot, just to see... and I was extremely happy with the result. I felt Kitsch did a fantastic job in the title role and the movie was wonderful groundwork for the start of a franchise. But, I think most moviegoers had my initial trepidations and didn't fall back on nostalgia for the books, as I did, to take them to the cinema nonetheless and give it a go. That's why good P&A is essential. Anyways, I will always hold out that this cast and crew gets another go for a sequel. In the meantime, I'll continue recommending the movie to those who haven't watched it yet!
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3:17PM on 05/28/2014
I have read a couple of the Barsoom books. They are AMAZING! ERB was a great author and even though Tarzan is his most popular, John Carter is right up there for me! So many people have taken inspiration from his Barsoom books, Cameraon, Lucas, JK, etc.
I actually really enjoyed the film and thought it was a great adventure with cool effects and I liked the characters. However the book was much better and I think they should've stuck closer to the material. That being said I doubt it would've
I have read a couple of the Barsoom books. They are AMAZING! ERB was a great author and even though Tarzan is his most popular, John Carter is right up there for me! So many people have taken inspiration from his Barsoom books, Cameraon, Lucas, JK, etc.
I actually really enjoyed the film and thought it was a great adventure with cool effects and I liked the characters. However the book was much better and I think they should've stuck closer to the material. That being said I doubt it would've made the movie a hit. Most people just didn't seem to care, which is sad because the world of the Barsoom series is really cool!
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