This article was notable for one thing only — it cites the budget (meaning production investment) for John Carter as being confirmed at $275m — and sure enough, if you link back to the Hollywood Reporter article it cites for this, THR says that Disney, in connection with it’s Quarterly earnings statement that went out on May 8, apparently said the John Carter budget was in fact $275. This helps explain the writedown being $200m, and is news. A word of caution — what we have now is THR saying that Disney says the production investment was $275 — but I have never actually seen a quote from Disney to that effect and did not see it in the actual release by Disney of Q2 figures — it’s possible something was said on the conference call, I’m not sure.
In any event, here is the E!Online Article:
And here is the THR Article:
And here is the actual Disney release of Q2 Financials: