Steve “Frosty” Weintraub of Collider.com was one of the entertainment writers who covered John Carter extensively throughout the entire history o the film. We’ve linked to his articles from here many times. One that we didn’t link to is a lengthy video interview of John Carter producer Jim Morris which Collider published on March 7, 2012, two days before the film came out. I found it during the time I was doing research for John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood but never shared it here — so here it is, in the interest of completeness — and here is the link to the Collider article that goes with it.
Jim Morris Time Index
0:10 – Producer Jim Morris talks about his nerves before the screening of John Carter.
1:00 – As a movie that doesn’t talk down to its audience, Morris addresses the level of engagement for those watching John Carter. He also talks about improving upon the shortcomings of the novel and giving John Carter more of a character arc.
2:40 – Morris reveals his favorite movie, actor and director.
3:40 – Morris shares two great stories about pranks on the set of John Carter.
5:50 – With his history at ILM, Morris reflects on the evolution of effects technology and the breakthroughs he experienced on John Carter.
9:15 – Morris talks about the next hurdle to effects technology being totally believable digital characters used in films. He also addresses the need to make the current tools available to the widest possible number of filmmakers.
10:25 – Morris reveals the most difficult technical sequence from John Carter.
11:35 – Casting his vote in the discussion of film vs digital, Morris talks about which version he supports and where he thinks the industry is headed.
13:20 – Morris addresses the fact that theaters are projecting the 3D movies at a lower brightness level than was originally intended.
15:25 – Morris talks about whether or not there are any Easter eggs in John Carter for fans of the source material and whether or not Andrew Stanton’s work with Pixar is mentioned cryptically in the film.