Reprinted from The John Carter Files.
One of the early advance readers of John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood has been Richard Lupoff, who has been following the saga of John Carter closely since the beginning. For those who aren’t familiar — Dick Lupoff was at the forefront of the “Burroughs revival” of the 1960’s when he worked as editor of the Canaveral Press editions and was pals with the likes of Donald A. Wollheim who was putting out the Ace editions, and Ian Ballantine who was behind the Ballantine ERB editions. I wonder what it must have been like to be working right in the thick of it in Manhattan back in those “glory days” . . . (Here is a link to a post I wrote about those glory days in the 1960’s.) Lupoff wrote the definitive Edgar Rice Burroughs, Master of Adventure in those years, and later wrote Barsoom: Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Martian Vision. He has written over two dozen novel and 40 short stories …..and as I have learned, is a great guy — charming, insightful, and thoughtful.
Anyway, here is what he has written about JCGOH:
It took 100 years to bring Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars to the big screen. It took Disney Studios just ten days to declare the film a flop, withdraw it from distribution, and lock it away in the Disney vaults. How did this project, despite its quarter-billion dollar budget, the brilliance of director Andrew Stanton, and the creative talents of legendary Pixar Studios, become a calamity of historic proportions?
Michael Sellers, a filmmaker and Hollywood insider himself, saw the disaster approaching and fought to save the project – but without success. In John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood, Sellers details every blunder and betrayal that led to the doom of the motion picture – and that left countless Hollywood careers in the wreckage.
John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood is a must-read for every fan of John Carter and Edgar Rice Burroughs, and every film buff intrigued by the “inside baseball” aspects of modern Hollywood.
— Richard A. Lupoff
author of Edgar Rice Burroughs: Master of Adventure
and Barsoom: Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Martian Vision