Dec 5th 2011 By: Andy Khouri
is the superlative filmmaker and arguable genius behind such fantastic and widely beloved Pixar films like Finding Nemo
, but some of the director's recent statements make us wonder how much input he had into the titles of those movies. As everyone knows, Stanton's next project is the much anticipated (especially by us
) live action adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' science fiction classic, A Princess of Mars
. The film was originally developed as "John Carter of Mars"
and promotional materials bear the "JCM" iconography, but the title was changed again to simply "John Carter,"
a name so utterly plain that it's proved vexing to many moviegoers.
Responding to questions about the curious decision, Stanton revealed the deeply unfortunate rationale behind the film's title: according to the director, boys wouldn't go to a movie with "Princess" in the title, and because "no girl would go see John Carter of Mars."
"Here's the real truth of it," Stanton said at a preview in London last month
. "I'd already changed it from 'A Princess Of Mars' to 'John Carter Of Mars.' I don't like to get fixated on it, but I changed 'Princess Of Mars'... because not a single boy would go."
Hmm. Debatable but plausible. In any case, A Princess of Mars
isn't truly about the Princess, but rather about John Carter, the Earth man who finds himself inexplicably transported to the Red Planet and thrust into the middle of its world war. "John Carter of Mars" is if nothing else a sensible name in that it's an accurate reflection of that story, although I prefer the exoticness of "A Princess of Mars."
Stanton continued, "And then the other truth is, no girl would go to see 'John Carter Of Mars.' So I said, 'I don't won't to do anything out of fear, I hate doing things out of fear, but I can't ignore that truth.'"
There's quite a lot to be said about the dubious presumption that women are not a substantial audience for science fiction or adventure films and how Stanton's remarks betray a subscription to an outdated and provincial philosophy with respect to gender roles in the entertainment industry, especially in light of the pronounced successes of A Game of Thrones
and video games like Skyrim
But we're not going to say any of that. Allow us instead to counter Stanton's ignorant and sexist remarks with a slightly less ignorant but perhaps even more sexist remark:
Girls are going to pay money to see
Taylor Kitsch run around with his shirt off for two hours no matter what you call it.
[Via The Mary Sue
, Bleeding Cool