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What I am about to say, is meant as a compliment, Andrew Stanton‘s John Carter, is this generations David Lynch‘s DUNE. An imperfect adaption of a classic science fiction book finally realized for the cinema.
Like David Lynch’s DUNE, John Carter in its process began with another intended opening scene, as opposed to what we ended seeing on the big screen. Check this out, its good!
Now, in DUNE‘s case, the alternate opening was a long storyboard sequence which had been meant to help none Frank Herbert readers get to know the DUNE ‘Verse, that opening was replaced by the Princess Irulan filmbook narration, that many of us are familiar with. In the case of John Carter, the above opening with Princess Dejah Thoris simply got cut down, reshot, and I think reordered in the final film. It looks to me, this call was made so as to jump right into an action sequence…
I would have kept this as the opening, it provides a more solid sense of Barsoom. I think. I’d love for it to be completed, or perhaps sliced down a bit and restored to a new cut of the film. Will that take place? Not bloody likely, because Disney screwed up. I happen to think that John Carter has an honored place among such films as David Lynch’s DUNE, and Mike Hodge’s Flash Gordon – that is, not nearly as bad as their reputations claim, nor as deserving of the scorn some heap upon them.
John Carter is highly re-watchable! Certainly more so for me, than any of the Star Wars movies (old, or new…) or AVATAR – which has many, many story problems, yet it made tones of money, and will get sequels.
- Putting the Kitsch in John Carter (lilywight.com)
- Sean Young’s video diaries take you behind-the-scenes on David Lynch’s Dune [Video] (io9.com)
- John Carter: An Epic Blast from the Past (bookblob.wordpress.com)
- John Carter (2012) (divxhunt.wordpress.com)
- ‘John Carter’: See the original opening scene criticized by Pixar’s brain trust – EXCLUSIVE VIDEO (insidemovies.ew.com)
King Arthur Pendragon has three half-sisters, though only one among them seems ever to be given any notice. I mean of course Morgan le Fay. The other two are Elaine, and Morgause. These three woman are the daughters of Gorlios of Tintagel, Duke of Cornwall and his wife Igraine.
Virtually the only time, in modern fiction I have run across these other siblings is in The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley. Now I have a love/hate thing for that book. Its well written and all the woman are strong, MZB goes about providing reason to Arthurian legend, yet at the same time – it is a highly agenda driven… politically motivated book, which I’m sure many of its Wiccan readers end up take to be (corrected?) history, rather than fiction.
At any rate, in my own foray into Arthurian legend, with The First Technomancer, I’ve had to decide the makeup of Arthur’s family. For some odd reason modern takes seem to make Morgana, Arthur’s half-sister by way of his father Uther and another woman, or wife. They did this in Camelot, and the TV show Merlin. I however feel inclined to cling to myth and keep Morgana, as well as her two sisters Igraine’s daughters by Cornwall.
Storytelling wise, I think it opens up more doors… or will for sequels to The First Technomancer. One of which is going to be all about Merlin and Morgana. Arthur‘s elder sister will be the tragic answer to what happens when Merlin sets out to make another like himself.
And Mordred, he will be something dark…
- Perceptions of King Arthur and other legendary figures (rosemarysutcliff.com)
- King Arthur – Man, Myth … or Both? – The eBook (badonicus.wordpress.com)
- The Dark Ages (raptorsclaw.wordpress.com)
- The Origins of the Legend (wolfslair88.wordpress.com)
- Parsifal (wolfslair88.wordpress.com)
- Books for Students: King Arthur (enoughofthecattalk.com)
- King Arthur – Man, Myth …or Both? – Part Six (badonicus.wordpress.com)
- The Death of King Arthur, By Simon Armitage (independent.co.uk)