Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Well, I Knew Someone Would Have to Pay for John Carter

Rich Ross, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, has basically been forced to step down after the unfortunate failure of John Carter. You knew someone would have to pay; it was his project, and that's how it goes. What really sucks is that this is a movie that I really think would've been quite a hit if they hadn't made some idiot decisions like the generic title and a terrible, flavorless, unlikable marketing campaign.

I know I'm opening myself up for yet more ridicule for my love of the Disney Channel, but I wish Ross had just stayed at the Disney Channel. He took that place and turned it into a home for fun cheese. That was the real Golden Age of Disney Channel. He did so well that they put him in charge of the movies, where he unfortunately flopped. Any of the major successes they've had (such as The Muppets and the popular-but-really-truly-soulless Alice in Wonderland) were inherited. Instead, Ross gets to be the guy who developed Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Prom, Mars Needs Moms (which destroyed an entire animation studio) and John Carter (which I think is going to be a cult film in the future, but that won't ever save anyone's job). It's kind of sad to see the guy who made Disney a lot of money over the past decade with High School Musical and Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place somehow not be able to access what must be a pretty canny business acumen in the world of films... Maybe he just doesn't have the same instinct for film as he does for TV. Now Disney Channel's gone downhill and we'll never get that John Carter sequel...

Apparently the front runner to replace him is Kevin Feige, the President of Production at Marvel Studios. It's kind of an exciting move, but we only just got the Marvel movie universe going here...

I'm always way too fascinated by the Disney business.

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