Morris told reporters, "I think that it's not until the last several years that the technology was really there to be able to tell the story in a believable fashion". The original story of John carter was written nearly a century ago. "The books are very episodic and they're kind of lacking an overall character arc and [director] Andrew [Stanton] came up with a very innovative way to solve that problem."
Kitsch was cast, according to Morris because "What we saw in the Riggins character and we saw in Taylor's screen test was a certain damaged quality behind the eyes. There's something a little broken."
Morris also said that they are planning two more films. "What we really wanted to do was have the story arc figured out so that if we did have that good fortune we wouldn't have boxed ourselves into a corner." Andrew Stanton and Michael Chabon are currently working on the script for the second film.