February 7, 2013

Free eBook – John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood

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John-Carter-gods-of-hollywood-bookFree ebook alert!  You have until midnight tonight (Thursday, February 7th, 2013)to download the ebook John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood for free.

I hadn’t read or even heard any of the Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter series of books (I’m not big on sci-fy books) before 2011 when I saw the first trailer and I’ve yet to watch the movie.

I do remember how much attention this movie got and how much of a monumental flop it was for Disney. Very much surprising since a lot of the people behind it were part of Pixar. Long considered a unfilmable” movie, it ended up costing a fortune to film and was a catastrophic flop even before it hit theatres.

My knowledge and fascination with the world of film & tv production is slowly growing because of my job so I’m looking forward to reading this.

Here’s the books description.

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 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 examines every aspect of Andrew Stanton’s adaptation and Disney’s marketing campaign and seeks to answer the question: What went wrong? it includes a history of Hollywood’s 100 year effort to bring the film to the screen, and examines the global fan movement spawned by the film.

Source: BoingBoing

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