Disney Loses Film Rights To John Carter

exclusive-new-john-carter-image-69212-470-75In an announcement on Tuesday, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. said that they have regained the rights to the John Carter franchise and are looking for a new partner to develop films based on the eleven Mars novels by Burroughs.

Disney of course was the studio who most recently controlled the rights and made a feature film starring Taylor Kitsch. The film bombed and it reportedly lost Disney $200 million.

Many fans enjoyed the Disney film and want to see more, but doing a sequel to a movie that flopped so bad would be very difficult. The company may be better off finding a different avenue for the property… maybe a television series or a deal with Amazon or Netflix.

The rights to create comics based on the characters had recently been settled and a new John Carter: Warlord of Mars series from Dynamite Entertainment kicks off in November.


About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.