So help me figure this out. The John Carter Facebook Group “Take me back to Barsoom! I want John Carter to have a sequel!” has experienced a strange surge of new members over the last three days. The “surge” has gone from about 10 new members a day before it started — to 1oo new members each of the past few days. There have been 40 in the last hour alone. We are trying over there to figure out what’s going on. Many are coming from overseas — Pakistan, India, Brazil, Netherlands, Russia, Lithuania, and Portugal – and that’s just in the last hour. There are also many young members — teens.
Our theories are:
1. The official John Carter page on Facebook now has a new app which makes it so that when you go there and look at the page, it checks your friends and any friends who have “liked” the page are displayed, and posts from friends about John Carter are displayed. This is very cool — and many of the posts that are displayed are from members of the group, so the group URL is getting some display on the main John Carter official page, for the first time.
2. Early release: We confirmed that at least in one territory (Tanzania of all places) Disney seems to have released the DVD early. At least the guy swore it was not a bootleg copy, and if I were Disney, I would release it early in high piracy countries. But we haven’t confirmed anywhere else.
3. A lot of people are saying they saw it and googled John Carter 2 or John Carter sequel and the group, and its associated sites, have that search result page one pretty well nailed.
Still… not sure. Wonder if anyone has any theories, or ways of finding out. We are getting some answers from the people themselves, but they trickle in slowly (the answers).