At last, things are looking up for John Carter. I spent yesterday bemoaning the lack of decent advertising for the upcoming film, a misstep that could cost Disney millions. But as of the release of the newest poster, I see I’ve been pleasantly mistaken.
Kolchak, the Night Stalker, the short-lived 1974-5 television show that has been credited as the inspiration for The X-Files, is about to get a third life (the one after its even shorter-lived second life as a 2005 TV series). Johnny Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, will be bringing the adventures of reporter Carl Kolchak to the big screen.
Fact: I’m a fan of the 1917 novel, A Princess of Mars, the book that serves as the inspiration for the upcoming Disney movie, John Carter. I love Edgar Rice Burroughs’ prose and his world-building of Mars. But I’m less than happy with the negative press surrounding John Carter, especially because some of it has been deserved. And if the movie flops, Disney will have no one but itself to blame.