After getting kicked in the gut last weekend, John Carter fans are coming out of the woodwork and it sounds like they’re ready to fight for the future of the franchise. Barely six hours ago a group composed of film crew and fans started a Facebook group “Take me back to Barsoom! I want a John Carter to have a sequel!” and they’ve already landed a thousand members.
Meanwhile other fans are beginning to buzz about “Take a friend to Barsoom!” — an initiative started by longtime Edgar Rice Burroughs fan Jeff Doten (http://barsoomia.org) Doten’s idea comes with fan-made art urging fans to grab a friend, or friends, and take them to Barsoom.
Here at JCF — our view is that this weekend is the time for every fan to do something to make some voise. Grab a group of friends and take them to Barsoom. You have to remember that Hollywood is all about expectations, and the expectation is that John Carter will, like every other major film, drop off by 40-50% this weekend. If that doesn’t happen — if fan activism makes for a strong hold — it will be a message that is heard across the entertainment industry.
So get ready — grab some friends and go to Barsoom this weekend.
Then get registered on FaceBook and become part of the Take me back to Barsoom movement — and it really is just that, a movement, fan generated and fun. Time to fight back.