Press Release — The John Carter Sequel Facebook Group (who goes by the lengthy official name: “Take Me Back to Barsoom! I want a John Carter Sequel!) announced on Tuesday that it’s membership had topped 10,000, as new members from the UK and other international locations joined the group on July 2, the DVD/Blu-ray release date in a number of international locations. The group has been active since the early days after the release of the film in the United States, and aside from its Facebook presence operates an open-to-all internet forum at www.JohnCarterTwo.com and a website at www.BacktoBarsoom.com.
“I think reaching 10,000 members on the group means that we have not only been successful at getting the word out about our Back To Barsoom Campaign and wanting a John Carter Sequel, but also that if there are 10,000 members who love and are so passionate about this film to have searched for a sequel and found our group, it makes me wonder just how many more thousands and thousands of fans there might be out there who also feel the same way,” said Jan Austin, one of the leaders of the group.
According to Austin the group’s goal is to demonstrate, first to Disney and then to other studios (if Disney allows the rights to lapse) that the Andrew Stanton film, which is based on a 100 year old classic tale written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, is garnering a “passionate and motivated fan base who are willing to invest time and energy in making sure that the film continues to find new fans worldwide. We want to do for this franchise what the fans did for Star Trek in the seventies and eighties, and Serenity more recently.” The Serenity Facebook group, which played a significant role in getting a movie made after the TV series was canceled, eventually reached 55,000 members. “We believe we can top that,” Austin said.
The group plans to have a booth at the upcoming ComicCon convention in San Diego, where they will mounting a campaign to attract new members from the more than 100,000 attendees. Upcoming activiites of the group include the creation of fan art (more than two hundred pieces have been created by group members to date), and there are tentative plans for a convention in Los Angeles next year to coincide with the screening of John Carter at the LA Times Hero Complex Film Festival in May. Members also engage in various social media activity across the internet promoting the film and the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs on which it is based.
“It will be a long journey, we know that. But this unique film deserved better than it got, and we’re not giving up,” said Austin.
Visit the group on Facebook at https://facebook.com/groups/backtobarsoom