Before Andrew Stanton directed the big screen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' sci-fi fantasy epic Princess of Mars, Jon Favreau was attached to bring the character John Carter to life! Favreau ended up directing Iron Man instead, which wasn't a bad move, and Stanton stepped into his place. Regardless of the fact the movie didn't do very well at the box office, I enjoyed Stanton's movie, but maybe Favreau's would have been a better take.
In a recent interview with Crave Online Favreau explains how he would have done things differently.
I probably wouldn't have been as ambitious. I think both of us really appreciated the source material. Stanton started to weave in elements from the later books. I probably would've told a smaller story.
As we were developing the script it was much more the experience of John Carter being found in this new world and him coming up in a Man Called Horse kind of way among the Tharks and then opening up the world slowly.
I honestly think a smaller version would have worked better. Character focused stories seem to make for better films and stories because you get to know the character and care for them. I would have liked to see Favreau's take, but at this point it's never going to happen. Hell, we may never see another John Carter Movie again! I'd like to see another one, but if it happens it will probably be a very long time from now.
What do you think about Favreau's take on the film?
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