This is an AP article that is making the rounds and is stirring up passions among fans of John Carter due to Taylor Kitsch’s comments which some have interpreted to mean that he is no longer under contract to do sequels of John Carter. I don’t read it that way and I’m 99.9% that Disney hasn’t released anyone from the contractual obligations for sequels, just like they haven’t released the IP back to ERB Inc, and won’t do so until the deal expires. It all falls into the “never say never” category when you don’t have to say never.
Anyway, there is the article.
Kitsch moves on from pair of flops to Savages
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taylor Kitsch struck out twice this year in the failed films “John Carter” and “Battleship,” spoiling the “Friday Night Lights” actor’s hopes to leap from TV to big-screen star.
Now, Kitsch has a third time at bat with Oliver Stone’s drug-war thriller “Savages,” opening Friday.
While the actor regrets the two previous movies flopped, he’s actually a bit relieved that he can take jobs as they come without having to work around sequel schedules had those films developed into franchises.
“Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise that it died, and I’m not tied to these things for the next 10 years,” said Kitsch, 31. “I’m free to do whatever I want now. If I want to do something in January, February, March, April, I don’t have to go through two studios to be greenlit.”
Still, Kitsch started the year with the prospect of two studio blockbusters that could have given him steady work for years to come in the continuing adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Mars hero Carter and in more tales inspired by the board game “Battleship.”