The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Bob Iger says the talks to acquire Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise began in May 2011 when he and Lucas met in Orlando. On the John Carter calendar — May 2011 was about the time that Disney announced it was changing the title from John Carter of Mars, to John Carter. The first major round of promotion fro John Carter would start in mid June 2011 with a big LA Times interview of Andrew Stanton . . . .then in the weeks that followed, the first poster came out, then the first trailer. I’m not trying to draw any big connections — just create a context for the timing of when Iger says he started working on a deal for Lucasfilm/Star Wars.
Here’s the link to he article.