‘John Carter’ bomb costs Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross his job

“Fired Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross just sent [a memo] to his staff, followed by a statement from Disney Chairman Bob Iger,” Nikki Finke reports for Deadline.

“But make no mistake about it: Ross did not simply decide to step down – he was fired,” Finke reports. “He was named Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios on October 5, 2009. Previously, he’d been the very successful President of Disney Channels Worldwide overseeing global hits like Hannah Montana and High School Musical.”

Finke reports, “His ouster now ends his 15+ year Disney career which included one of the most public and worst film failures in Hollywood — John Carter, a $200M writedown for the Walt Disney Co.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Attribution: TG Daily. Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]


  1. From what I’ve read it sounded like he was out of his element with the movie culture; sorry about his job loss. Having read the books again recently I had high hopes for the “John Carter” movie and its now cancelled sequels. Darn shame.

  2. When they were making this thing they should have seen it coming.

    The trailer made it look like they used scrap scenes from the phantom menace and added some tom cruise wanna-be into them. Not to mention what a horrible film title. Just a person’s name doesnt get young kids excited.

  3. I haven’t seen it because I refuse to support Hollywood by way of theaters or rentals, but I’ve heard from movie goers that did see it, and said it was a good movie.

    Just goes to show that you can’t judge a movie by its title, but who was the moron that decided on “John Carter’?! Yeah that’ll bring in the masses.

    Oh well, guess I’ll wait for the Walmart dvd bargain bin or when it comes on TV to see for myself.

    1. @ Now, now…
      Thanks for the chuckle and the reality check in your first ¶! I think the last movie I saw in a theater was Titanic. Since then, I’m with you except for having signed up with Netflix.

    2. What do you think about X-Men, Spider Man, and more? Anyone who knows ANYTHING about science fiction knows “John Carter”. That’s a good base to then build general appeal on — or should have been, for someone with an ounce of marketing savvy.

      1. Seamus: nothing wrong with Now, Now’s comment.

        not every adult is a child (into comics), so the rest of this world has no idea @ what John Carter is about – lest they see the trailers. it’s like the rest of us non-junkies who visit McD or any junk food “restaurant”: they immediately expect us to know the menu by heart & just choose a # already, whereas real people would choose a real restaurant with real food that is chosen by real dish names etc. Stop expecting the world to be at your feet…

        as for hollywood:
        NNow’s right. they don’t deserve the success with soap etc. if they punish their viewers for every little think like the bitches on periods they are, they will only worsen piracy & kill the theatre themselves through self-inflicted sadistic stupidity. did they not learn from Apple’s iTunes how to save their grace with the music & film industry?! they’re donkeys surviving on fear, not intelligence.

        the real shame is the studios waste their talents’ talents. every noticed how every movie & tv series is award winning & the best & most watched show ever before they even start?! if studios stopped bullshitting, the fan wouldn’t hit them!

        1. They are either donkeys on fear, or jackasses on scrub. Some of them are damned mules, and the rest are just horse’s asses. And their braying is more like horseshit than bullshit. Wish Jobs was still around, to put ’em down.

  4. Watching movies through a projector onto my bedroom wall is a joy! Kicking back on my bed with a 120 inch projected image that looks as good as any TV made today^^

    Life is good indeed

  5. Making mistakes is to be expected, it’s the overall performance of an individual that matter. If anything I think this is a mutual acknowledgement that Ross had advanced beyond his skill set. Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to correct errors like this by going backwards in job assignments, hence the move out.

  6. I’m a big fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and so I really looked forward to seeing this movie…I was not disappointed! It was a delightful film, as true to the books as a movie can be without bogging down, and very exciting. It certainly excited my partner enough that she’s borrowed (and is reading) all of my copies of the series. I’m saddened to hear we shan’t be seeing more of them. I loved it.

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  7. This movie was a marketing debacle!!! It doesn’t deserve to be the Ishtar of our time, but they had no idea what to do with it. Is that Rich Ross’ fault? I don’t know.

    However, when it’s all said and done, I don’t think it’s going to end up losing as much as they think. I expect it to have a good life after the theaters when it hits VHS and Beta.

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