About ‘John Carter of Mars’ Live-Action Movie Adaptation

by on January 23, 2011

in Entertainment

Any fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs, you may very well be familiar with the upcoming John Carter of Mars movie, based on the 11-volume “Barsoom” book series.

The John Carter of Mars movie is based on the first story published that had John Carter in it, A Princess of Mars.  As far as I’m concerned, John Carter ranks right behind the Tarzan series, but extended the fantasy beyond the world we know as Earth and expand on the fiction with the angle of science fiction behind it. (I believe both characters came about in literature in the same year, 1912.)

Generally speaking, John Carter is an American Civil War vet who finds himself transported to Mars, where he discovers alien life, local strife and a planet that used to be Earthlike but has slowly become less habitable as the planet devolved through time.

The new live-action John Carter of Mars cast will include:

  • Taylor Kitsch (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, on TV: Friday Night Lights), as John Carter,
  • Mark Strong as Matai Shang (ruler of the Therns),
  • Willem Dafoe as Tars Tarkas (an ally),
  • Polly Walker as Sarkojo (a Thark who is rather merciless),
  • Thomas Haden Church (A nasty Thark warrior),
  • Bryan Cranston (A Civil War colonel),
  • Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris (A Red Martian Carter saves) and many more.

The screenplay is written by Andrew Stanton (who also directs.)  Andrew Stanton brings a fascinating resume to this project, having written the Toy Story franchise screenplays, Wall-E, Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc.. and such.  He has executive producer credits for Up, Presto, Ratatouille and such.

As you can see, this will be a first for Stanton, tackling a live-action movie but his past works demonstrate he has the talent to tell a tale.

The movie is in post-production right now, with Pixar Animation as the production co., and Walt Disney Studios as the distributor.  for the moment, as far as I know, there have been no promotional materials released yet, but I’m patiently waiting.

John Carter of Mars is due out in theaters on March 9th, 2012.

PS:  Please do not confuse this effort with the rushed direct-to-DVD movie titled Princess of Mars.  It aired on the Syfy Channel and I cringed more than normal and had to bail after the first 30 minutes.

Header image via Sci Fi Cool, John Carter of Mars on IMDb.

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