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Matt McGloin

Jon Favreau Would Have Done “John Carter” Smaller In Scope

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Believe it or not, yours truly just watched John Carter for the first time on Blu-Ray about two weeks ago — and I loved it.

I know the movie received a ton of bad press leading up to the premiere, citing Disney failing to promote the movie properly.

Well, shame on Disney, because I am eagerly anticipating the sequel.

If we get one that is.

But the latest about John Carter is that Jon Favreau, who made a cameo and was a contender to direct his own John Carter adaptation, spoke with The Collider about what direction he would have gone.

Seems a bit lesser in scope than what Andrew Stanton went with.

Well, I think both of us really appreciated the source material. Stanton started to weave in elements from the later books. I probably wouldn’t have been as ambitious. I probably would have told a smaller story. As we were developing the script, it was much more of the experience of John Carter being found in this new world, and then opening up the world slowly. I spoke to (screenwriter) Michael Chabon, who I worked with on Magic Kingdom, about it a lot, and they really looked at all the material and tried to create a whole fabric and a world around it.

And this supports what Favreau previously said about not wanting to direct the movie as it is such a large scale film.

And seeing the scale of it, I'm really glad it's not me. It's a huge movie, a huge movie.

Instead of doing John Carter, Favreau went on with Cowboys and Aliens, and well, we all know how that turned out.

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