Andrew Stanton tweets on ‘John Carter’ marketing and more


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The big-budget sci-fi adventure film “John Carter” opens March 9. On Friday its director, Andrew Stanton -- who also helmed the animated hits ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘Wall-E’ -- hit Twitter for some unfiltered talk about his new movie.

The film, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ series of early 20th century adventure novels, will reach theaters just eight weeks after Walt Disney Studios replaced its head of marketing, MT Carney, with Ricky Strauss. Stanton addressed questions about the movie’s marketing and publicity campaigns.


Asked to assess the new television commercials promoting the film, Stanton responded, ‘They’re trying hard. #goodfolk.’ Regarding the use of music by Peter Gabriel and Arcade Fire in a trailer, Stanton said, ‘New guy at Disney. Really caught tone of film.’ This appears to be a reference to Strauss.

Stanton, who has periodically fielded questions about the film on Twitter from his account @andrewstanton, also retweeted a discussion between two people about Disney’s decision to prevent journalists from writing about advance screenings of the movie until March 7.

‘The review embargo is Disney being dumb (Well you are, Disney. People love it.),’ wrote a person under the Twitter handle @MattIsland.

There are 11 books in Burroughs’ John Carter series. Is a Stanton-directed sequel to the first ‘John Carter’ film possible? Asked if he would choose to shoot a sequel to one of his animated films, ‘Finding Nemo’ or ‘Wall-E,” Stanton volunteered another title, ‘Carter.’


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-- Dawn C. Chmielewski

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