Disney Studios is making a conscience decision to change the title for the American science-fiction/fantasy film “John Carter of Mars” to just plain old “John Carter.”  Why?  There is a lot of speculation Disney wants to put some distance between “John Carter” and their massive box office bomb “Mars Needs Moms.”  Both could only be related as close as the proverbial “apples and oranges” analogy.  Fans of writer Edgar Rice Burroughs have been patiently waiting to see their favorite Earthman battling aliens on Mars.  So, what’s the real reason behind the title change?  Until then, here is a brief synopsis of the film. American Civil War vet John Carter is transplanted to Mars, where he discovers a lush, wildly diverse planet whose main inhabitants are 12-foot tall green barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, who is in desperate need of a savior.

“John Carter of Mars” . . . err “John Carter” stars Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong, Bryan Cranston, Dominic West, Lynn Collins, and Thomas Hayden Church.  It is based on the series of novels written by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Andrew Stanton, and Michael Chabon wrote the screenplay, while Andrew Stanton directs.  It is scheduled to open in theaters on March 9, 2012.

Source:  nymag.com, IMDb