Andrew Stanton Interview
Andrew Stanton Interview
Do you have a favourite scene in the film?

Andrew Stanton

I have two that I've always been in love with that have never diminished. The ones that were the most exciting to me to start with, that have stayed ever since I read the book, I've had in my mind for 36 years, what it would be like for John Carter to meet Tars Tarkus, so when their first meeting happened, that's always what I've pictured. And then I've always been a romantic, so I've always wanted to improve the quality of the love between Dejah and Carter – to me it was Heathcliff and Cathy and they're removed from each other, and so one of my favourite scenes that I felt really captured that was the scene where he invades her wedding chamber and then she tries to get him to go back to earth.
Did you cut anything out that you hated to lose?

Andrew Stanton

Two scenes. I cut out a lot more but only two scenes that I still would not put back in and I understand it's made the movie better, but I fell in love with them as individual scenes. There's a scene where you see the telegram arrive at university for Edgar [Rice Burroughs, played by Daryl Sabara] and you get a little bit more of his character there. And then there's a scene that's very short but we actually finished completely in visual effects where Dejah first meets Sola. And I felt it spoke volumes about the history between the red men and the green men and also set up a little bit of animosity between the two of them. But the film benefited from the flow by removing them. But all those scenes, all the major ones that I cut out will be on the DVD.
As a screenwriter, do you feel like the characters could be fuller if you had more time?

Andrew Stanton

That's always the argument, right? I mean, the tough thing about this film is that it was always intended to be part of a longer series, so it's really an introductory film. It's about meeting and where we are and who everybody is and how they're all related and now we're ready to go and continue to go on adventures with them. So the thing that we focused on was 'Let's make it an origin story,' in the books, everybody's already who they are, which is boring. So we said, 'Could we make this an origin story, about how people aren't exactly who they are yet and they will become who they are from bumping into each other and meeting each other and so by the time we finish, we're ready to start,' if that makes sense.
Are you now working on the sequel?

Andrew Stanton

Always have been. I mean when we got the rights to the book, we got the rights to the first three – there's eleven books. And so we developed all three together, we planned out an entire story that goes for three movies. And so this is the first and we never had the audacity to think that we might be able to go beyond one, so we had to make sure that it was very satisfying, that it had a good finish, but that it left a little bit of a promise just in case we're lucky and if people go to the theatre and enough people see it, we can do it again.

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