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Too little, too late?
Do not count out Andrew Stanton and Pixar!
It’s amazing that a movie that hasn’t been released yet is already being classified as a flop. I will DEFINITELY see this film opening weekend, and if I like it as much as I expect to, I’ll see it more than once.
Wait, the trailers aren’t working! So this is what we’ll do, lets show the ENTIRE creature fight scene! That’ll bring’em in! ;)
How’d they get him to jump so high?
“It’s amazing that a movie that hasn’t been released yet is already being classified as a flop.”
That’s because most people can do basic math, when the word is out that the pic will need to do Avatar-like opening numbers just to break even on its bloated budget costs.
I remember seeing the preview for thr very first Star Wars and people laughed thru it. So I don’t make comments until the movie is released.
Didn’t they run the same “NOBODY WANTS TO SEE THIS” campaign with WALL-E?
“Didn’t they run the same “NOBODY WANTS TO SEE THIS” campaign with WALL-E?”
This is the first time I have even heard of such a fantasy. Pixar’s original trailer for that film played like a ‘greatest hits’ revue.
Really…you don’t remember a whole lot of stories popping up in the film/fan press before Wall-E came out, all saying stuff like, “The company thinks nobody will want to see this because it too adult” and “They think it plays more like an ‘art film’ so they are real worried that nobody will want to see it” — Geez: you don’t remember a whole lot of that… was only 4 years ago?
That’s not to say that it might not actually be true this time :)
I have a friend who is a film critic and he said the best litmus test as to what studios think of a film is how far in advance they show the film to critics. He saw Ghost Rider 2 a couple of weeks ago — the preview was the night before the movie opened.
John Carter press screening? TOMORROW.
Never bet against Tim Riggins, fools.
They’ve done a good job. I really am rooting for the film.
When and if I see decent reviews or acceptable grosses I will feel a sense of relief.
A final memory / food for thought:
I remember reading an issue of Variety (back when it was all finger-dirtying B&W newsprint) and the cover story was about various tentpole movies revving up production for release the following summer.
At the head of the list: “PRINCESS OF MARS” directed by John McTiernan and starring Tom Selleck.
I think it was 1988 or 89?
I don’t care how this movie does. I think it looks enjoyable and I will go see it in the theater. I hope I have a good time. ^_^
I just don’t get what all negativity is about — this movie looks amazing. There’s a whole crew of us in Red Bank who are counting the days until this film comes out.
“Really…you don’t remember a whole lot of stories popping up in the film/fan press before Wall-E came out, all saying stuff like…”
I said NO, and I mean NO. I never saw ANY of this stuff you are talking about. On the other hand, Disney ALREADY KNOWS that their marketing on JOHN CARTER has been a schizophrenic mess from the get-go, which is why some folks have already been fired. Also, it’s why they’re hastily scrambling to get the critics on board with a early press screening. However, it still won’t help when they’ve only got a two-week window before a real phenom like THE HUNGER GAMES sweeps in and takes all their business.
Hey, it’s all right for you to be emotionally invested in the JC material, but I’m talking about some hard reality in the numbers here. And more heads are going to roll at Disney for the JOHN CARTER debacle before this is over.
eallengd, I also remember thinking during the first Matrix trailer “Keanu Reeves?! This movie is doomed!” and had really low expectations going in to the theatre to see it. Obviously we all know how THAT worked out! :)
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