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[15.01.2010] Heat Vision meldet...
"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston has joined the cast of Walt Disney's "John Carter of Mars."
Andrew Stanton is directing the production, which goes before cameras next week.
The adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs book series centers on a Civil War veteran (Taylor Kitsch) who finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars, where he becomes involved with the planet's warring people.
Cranston plays a Civil War colonel who comes into conflict with Carter. [...]

[18.12.2009] CinemaBlend sprach mit Mark Strong über seine Rolle...
[...] There's some filming in Utah, but most of it is in a studio outside of London. My character doesn't actually get involved in any of the motion-capture stuff. All the stuff is live action. Although I can shift my shape, so I have to be photographed by a 360-degree camera. I can adapt into anything. That's going to be my particular talent. [I ask what he'll transform into] Other human beings mainly. [...]

[01.10.2009] Heat Vision gibt weitere Darsteller bekannt...
Thomas Haden Church, James Purefoy and Mark Strong have joined the cast of joined "John Carter of Mars," Disney’s adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs book series that Andrew Stanton is directing.
Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins topline the production, which centers on a Civil War veteran (Kitsch) who finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars, where he becomes embroiled with the planet’s warring people.
Church plays Tal Hajus, an ambitious and vicious Thark warrior who is biding his time to be a ruler.
Purefoy plays Kantos Kan, the captain of the Xavarian, the kingdom of Helium’s grand warship. Strong is Matai Shang, the ruler of the Thems with godlike status.
Also in the movie are Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton, Dominic West, and Polly Walker.
Stanton wrote the screenplay with Mark Andrews. Jim Morris and Colin Wilson are producing "Mars," which is eyeing a start early next year. Brigham Taylor is overseeing for the studio.
Church, repped by WME, has "Easy A" from Screen Gems in the can while Purefoy, repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, recently starred in TV’s "The Philanthropist." ICM-repped Strong will next be seen as the villain in "Sherlock Holmes."

[12.09.2009] CS! berichtet über die D23 Expo...
[...] Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook officially named Summer 2012 as the release date for Pixar's John Carter of Mars, claiming that the film will, indeed, be live-action with intense special effects. [...]

[24.06.2009] gibt die Darsteller für die Nebenrollen bekannt...
English actors Samantha Morton, Dominic West and Polly Walker have joined "John Carter of Mars," Disney's adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs book series that Andrew Stanton is directing.
Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins and Willem Dafoe already are on board the production, which centers on a Civil War veteran (Kitsch) who finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars, where he becomes embroiled with the planet's warring people.
Morton plays Sola, the daughter of Dafoe's Tars Tarkas, who must hide her softer side from her warmongering race.
West plays Sab Than, prince of the Zodangans who believes he is entitled to rule Mars.
Walker plays Sarkoja, a merciless, tyrannical Thark.
Stanton wrote the screenplay with Mark Andrews. Jim Morris and Colin Wilson are producing "Mars," which is eyeing a start early next year. Brigham Taylor is overseeing for the studio.
Morton, repped by WME and Wishlab, next appears in the ensemble war drama "The Messenger."
West, repped by WME and United Agents, starred in HBO's "The Wire" and appeared in "300."
Walker might be best known for her work on HBO's "Rome," in which she played the conniving Atia of the Julii. The actress, repped by Gersh, Hamilton Hodell and Authentic Management, recently wrapped production on "Clash of the Titans," in which she played Cassiopeia.

[14.06.2009] Bei ReelTalk TV gibt es ein Video-Interview mit Thomas Haden Church, der bei ca. 2:27 davon spricht, im Frühjahr 2010 eine dramatische Rolle in "John Carter of Mars" zu spielen...

[13.06.2009] CS! kennt die Hauptdarsteller...
Walt Disney Pictures has announced that "Wolverine" stars Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins (confirming our earlier scoop) will reteam for John Carter of Mars, the live-action debut of WALL-E and Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton.
Kitsch will play the title character, a damaged Civil War veteran who finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars where his involvements with warring raced of the dying planet force him to rediscover his humanity.
Collins will play Dejah Thoris, the heir to the throne of Mars' Helium kingdom.
The screenplay for the sci-fi action-adventure, based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic series of fantasy/sci-fi novels, was written by Stanton and Mark Andrews with a polish by Michael Chabon.
Jim Morris (WALL-E) and Colin Wilson (upcoming Avatar, Munich, War of the Worlds) are producing the film, which will start production early next year.

[12.06.2009] Der Salt Lake Tribune berichtet über die kommenden Dreharbeiten in Utah...
[...] Disney and Pixar, makers of classic animated movies such as "Toy Story" and the recent hit "Up," are expected to partly film the pulp science-fiction adventure "John Carter of Mars" in Utah from November to July 2010.
Portions of the Beehive State will double as Mars, including Lake Powell (where the original "Planet of the Apes" was partially filmed), Moab, and Kane and Wayne counties.
In exchange for filming here, the production will receive a tax credit through the state's film incentive program. On Thursday, the Governor's Office of Economic Development board approved an application for the credit submitted by the movie's production company.
"It's the biggest movie we've ever used incentives on," said Utah Film Commission executive director Marshall Moore. "We haven't seen these kinds of numbers since doing a TV series for a year."
The San Rafael Swell already doubled as the planet Vulcan in this year's summer blockbuster "Star Trek," but second-unit crews only shot for four days in Utah.
Disney is scheduled to shoot in Utah for 45 days. The story, based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs science-fiction book series -- which begins with A Princess of Mars -- is about an American Civil War veteran who is transported to Mars to face a series of adventures.
Burroughs, who was born in Chicago, was no stranger to Utah, working as a railroad police officer in Salt Lake City in 1904.
The movie has been in development for several years, and noted directors Robert Rodriguez ("Sin City") and Jon Favreau ("Iron Man") were at one time slated to direct the live-action film. The movie, which is planned for release in 2012, will be directed by Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton ("Finding Nemo," "WALL-E").
According to a GOED executive summary, the filmmakers are committed to spend $27.7 million in the state and employ 398 Utahns during the seven months of pre-production and shooting. In turn, the production would receive a $5.5 million tax credit under the state's incentive program. [...]

[18.04.2009] Bei AICN gibt es ein Zitat von Drehbuchautor Michael Chabon (u.a. "Spider-Man 2")...
[...] "I’ve been hired to do some revisions to an already strong script by Andrew Stanton and Mark Andrews," Chabon said. "I wrote my original screenplay The Martian Agent back in 1995 because I wished I could do [Edgar Rice] Burroughs’s Barsoom. So this is pretty much a dream come true for me." [...]

[14.01.2009] Bei gibt es ein erfreulich klingendes Interview mit Andrew Stanton...
WALL-E director Andrew Stanton told SCI FI Wire that he is working on a new draft of his proposed John Carter of Mars movie and is aiming for a realistic feel to the live-action movie, his first.
"[I'm] deep into it," Stanton said in an exclusive interview at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association award ceremony in Century City, Calif., on Monday, where he accepted the award for best picture of 2008 for WALL-E. "I'm on my next draft of it. We're in preproduction art-wise, and we're starting to talk to actors. So it's full bore."
Stanton confirmed that Carter, based on the books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, will be live-action. "Yeah, I think that's the only way," he said. "I mean, there are so many creatures and characters that half of it's going to be CG whether you want it to be [or not], just to realize some of these images that are in the book. But it will feel real. The whole thing will feel very, very believable."
Following is an edited version of the rest of our interview with Stanton. John Carter of Mars is slated for release sometime in 2012.
What inspiration did you take for your art concepts?
Well, we're going very authentic, I guess is the way to put it. I don't want to give too much away, but it's such a foundational story to so many films and stories and sci-fi ideas that have come since the '30s and 1912 and stuff. So the trick is how to not make it seem cliché and derivative because it's such an archetype story now.
How would it feel to be the guy who finally got it done?
It would feel awesome, because I spent most of my life just being a fan of those books and being a cheerleader from the sidelines of anybody that was trying to make it. I never thought I would be lucky enough to be one of those guys associated with it, let alone helming it. I would love to break the curse.
How do you even approach that adaptation?
Well, I've surrounded myself with a couple key people that are just really smart, really talented, and we just keep saying the same thing we've always said about any other films. What would I want to see? Or what would I not want to see?
How many pages is your latest draft?
Oh, it's just like a regular movie. It'll be a two-hour film. ... You don't want it more than 120 [minutes], because it only grows, those films.
Is developing a live-action movie the same process as developing a Pixar animated film?
Well, it's not being done by the Pixar crew. It's being done by Disney, and I'm sort of being loaned out. We're sort of using any element that we need to to make the film right. We're not being purist with Pixar, but Pixar's a brand that you have to trust that's for all ages. This story of John Carter is not going to be an all-ages film.
Are you thinking PG-13?
Well, if you do the story right, there's no way you couldn't.

[26.09.2008] meldet...
Andrew Stanton, who is writing and directing John Carter of Mars, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' books, told SCI FI Wire that he and co-writer Mark Andrews will be putting their own spin on the iconic story, and a Pixar manager added that the film will have a unique look as well.
"I'm going to do what I remember more than what they exactly do" in the books, Stanton said cryptically in a group interview at the Emeryville, Calif., headquarters of Pixar on Sept. 25.
Stanton (WALL*E) added that he is currently deep in writing with partner Andrews, a storyboard artist at Pixar, on the script for Carter. "John Carter of Mars is what I'm writing right now with Mark Andrews," Stanton said. "Writing, it's all about writing this year."
Jim Morris, general manager at Pixar Animation, promised that the movie will not look like previous attempts to adapt the franchise for the screen. "Everything that's been out there has been an attempt to kind of capture this Deco-esque [Frank] Frazetta vision of John Carter, which I think feels old and stale," he said. "And where Stanton is going--from what we've seen so far--is very different than that. And I think that the people who really love the essence of the books will really dig it, but so will audiences in general."
Asked if the film would be in 3-D, Morris added, "I hope not!"
The film is based on the early 20th-century Barsoom series of books by Burroughs, the California author of the Tarzan series. It centers on a Civil War veteran who finds himself transported to the Red Planet and caught up in various battles and intrigues involving giant green creatures and an alluring princess.
It's been reported that Carter may incorporate live-action elements amid animation. Stanton's WALL*E was the first Pixar production to incorporate live action. Morris declined to discuss the matter.
"John Carter is in its very early stages and there is much to figure out about that so we'd be premature," Morris said. "We are looking at a variety of different approaches and techniques for that ... We're kind of a bit early in the development of that."
Morris added: "I'm sure I speak for all of the science fiction geeks, fans and aficionados when I say it's finally time to see that movie. And I, for one, am delighted that Andrew Stanton is the guy that's making the movie, because he's a story-driven guy."

[16.04.2008] Via AICN bzw. kommt der Hinweis auf ein Video, welches ein schier urzeitliches "John Carter Of Mars"-Animationsprojekt vorstellt...

[19.03.2008] Wie Jim Hill meldet, steht "John Carter" ganz oben auf Disney's bzw. Pixar's To-Do-Liste...
[...] Pixar Animation Studios is getting ready to put its first really-for-real live action project into production. Don't believe me? Okay. Then check out the batch of domain names that the Walt Disney Company registered this past Friday:
These titles -- coupled with the ...
... domain names that the Mouse snagged back on August 18, 2007 as well as that
... name that Mickey registered back in November suggest that what Andrew Stanton supposedly told the staff at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. back in October of last year is true. That Disney / Pixar definitely is gearing up to do a trilogy of films based on the "John Carter of Mars" books.
According to what Mouse House insiders recently told me, Mark Andrews has allegedly already completed a first pass on a screenplay for the first film in the proposed "Mars" series. And given that both Pixar and Disney execs have reportedly responded very enthusiastically to Andrews' script ... Well, both companies are now anxious to put this project in the development pipeline ASAP.
"So what sort of timetable are we talking about here?," you ask. Well, really serious work on the first "Mars" movie can't get underway 'til this Fall. Which is when Stanton will finally be through with all of his "WALL * E" -related promotional obligations [...]
Andrew is then expected to sit down with Mark & Jim Morris (i.e. A Lucasfilm Digital vet who made the jump to Pixar back in 2005. He's reportedly been tapped to be the producer on the "Mars" project) and map out a battle plan for "John Carter of Mars." Which is now tentatively slated to be release in 2012 ... or possibly earlier. [...]

[10.10.2007] CS! meldete kürzlich...
ERBZine reports that pre-production is heating up on Disney/Pixar's John Carter of Mars movie, based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs sci-fi series.
"The Pixar creative team spent Tuesday morning exploring the massive Edgar Rice Burroughs archives in the ERB, Inc. offices on Ventura Blvd. Pixar's Jim Morris (vp), Andrew Stanton (director), Mark Andrews (script) discussed the 'John Carter of Mars' film project with Burroughs representatives, Danton Burroughs, Sandra Galfas and Jim Sullos," says the site.
The site adds, "All six members at the meeting expressed a deep commitment to the project, acknowledging that they had been inspired by Burroughs' creations from a very early age. This is evidenced in the excitement held for the John Carter property and the plans for a film trilogy faithful to the Burroughs books."
The projected release year for the first film is 2012.
The film begins with a Civil War veteran whose retreat into a cave to avoid capture by Apache Indians takes an otherworldly turn as he's transported via time portal to the planet of Barsoom and taken prisoner by 12-foot-tall green men.
Burroughs wrote 11 volumes of Carter's adventures and Disney is hoping the film will launch a franchise.

[29.06.2007] meldete kürzlich...
[...] during the press junket for Pixar’s latest, Ratatouille, IESB’s Robert Sanchez started inquiring to anyone who would listen about a big project that the studio has coming up, John Carter of Mars.
Big question on fans' minds? Will it be live action or animated?
With Pixar behind it one has to wonder. Well boy and girls we’ve got your answer.
IESB was told that John Carter of Mars would be both. Pixar will use both live action and animation working together to bring the story to life.
Meanwhile, one more tidbit of news, Brad Bird reconfirmed that he is definitely working on 1906 next. Anybody that was still hopeful, as we posted previously, he will not be directing John Carter of Mars.

[24.02.2007] Bei Jim Hill Media meldet...
[...] the magic word on the Disney lot is "franchise." And to be honest, Mouse House managers don't like greenlighting any new projects for the studio unless these potential productions naturally lend themselves to a series of follow-up films. [...]
This is also the thinking behind Disney's recent re-acquisition of the movie rights to Edgar Rice Burrough's "John Carter of Mars" series. With the hope that -- if this project is properly developed for the screen -- the 11 books in this series could then lend themselves to a hugely popular set of motion pictures. [...]

[12.02.2007] Quint von AICN durfte einen Blick auf Artwork von Jon Favreau's gecanceltem Projekt werfen...
[...] artwork from both Saunders and Meinerding. Favreau called them in and had them bring along a portfolio of their work for JOHN CATER OF MARS.
The pain of losing the project was obviously still fresh for Favreau, but he seemed happy John Lassetter and Pixar/Disney had it. He didn't know what they were going to do with it, but speculated on a great animated version being made. He said he would have had to MoCap a good deal of the movie if he had made it and noted that animation seems to be going in that direction with BEOWULF and films like MONSTER HOUSE.
The artwork, in short, was breathtaking. Edgar Rice Burroughs' world was realized beautifully. I saw everything from Carter on horseback escaping the Indians to Tars Tarkas towering over Carter, easily double his size. They realized the Tharks as more human that I imagined, but without a nose. The tusks protruded from the joints in the jaw, not the mouths, which I thought was an interesting way of approaching it. The eyes, brow and mouth were human. The expressive parts of the face. Favreau wanted the performance to show through the computer effects, find that soul in the pixels that the best CG work can do.
Most of the art was from Meinerding, who did the black and white pieces for IRON MAN. His work was black and white here, too. I freaked out a little when he said he works 100% in computer because the art looked painterly... kind of an Alex Ross mixed with Frank Frazetta. Meinerding's John Carter looked great. Very stoic, young... heroic.
I asked who Favreau was going after for John Carter before the plug was pulled. He looked a little hesitant to say, but then spilled that he wanted Eric Bana, which I think would have been a fantastic choice.
Saunders art was in full color and was more landscape than character or action driven, but his concept of Mars and the cities on Mars was amazing. He envisioned an obsidian-like landscape, but instead of black glass rock it was variations on red glass. Sharp and curving natural glass structures were semi-transparent at different light points. The majority of the swords and daggers were made of this beautiful red glass, with metal being extremely precious on the planet, so only a few metal swords exist.
There was a city (Helium) built completely out of this material, giant glass buildings stretching out to the heavens, refracting light in different shades and hues.
It would have been absolutely beautiful and it's a shame we won't see that movie. [...]

[17.01.2007] CHUD sprach mit dem Produzenten Don Murphy über den Stand der Dinge...
[...] The Burroughs estate hasn’t finalized a Disney deal, Murphy says, and he doesn’t see why they necessarily would. Don’s working with Walden Media, the folks behind The Chronicles of Narnia movies, and he says that part of their offer is a guarantee to have a film in production in 18 months. Disney, meanwhile, is making no such offer, and is in fact interested in sitting on the film for Andrew Stanton, the director of Finding Nemo. Apparently Stanton wants to do a live action movie, and John Carter is what he fancies... but he’s lined up to do Pixar’s post-post-Ratatouille film, meaning he wouldn’t get started on John Carter, at the earliest, until next decade.
Whoever ends up with John Carter’s rights, we’re going to see a PG/PG-13 version. Don told me that when Fox was interested, they wanted to do a Conan the Barbarian-style R-rated movie, but Walden’s whole mission is about family-friendly fare. Disney, meanwhile, is refocusing on only making blockbusters, and you have a better chance of making John Carter of Mars a blockbuster if you keep it PG or PG-13.
Will we ever see A Princess of Mars on the big screen? My gut tells me that if Disney gets it, and holds it for Stanton, we might not. Who knows whether Stanton will still be interested three or more years from now? This film has languished in development hell for years, and may yet linger there longer.

[17.01.2007] Ob das gut ist !?! CS! berichtet über den Wechsel der Filmrechte zu Disney !!!
Disney is optioning rights to the Edgar Rice Burroughs sci-fi series "John Carter of Mars" as a potential franchise for the studio, reports Variety.
Paramount had previously owned the rights to the epic and had set the project up with Jon Favreau directing and Sean Daniel and Jim Jacks producing. But Paramount's option expired and now Disney has jumped aboard and is in talks with Burroughs' estate.
The film begins with a Civil War veteran whose retreat into a cave to avoid capture by Apache Indians takes an otherworldly turn as he's transported via time portal to the planet of Barsoom and taken prisoner by 12-foot-tall green men.
Burroughs wrote 11 volumes of Carter's adventures and Disney is hoping the film will launch a franchise.

[29.07.2006] Quint von AICN sprach mit dem Regisseur Jon Favreau...
QUINT: [...] What's going on with JOHN CARTER OF MARS?
JON FAVREAU: I want it to be next. I just visited (Edgar Rice Burroughs') grandson and showed all the art work to him and they loved what we were doing. The fact that (IRON MAN) is a Paramount project and (JOHN CARTER) is a Paramount project, I'm really hoping I can sort of segue right from one into the other.
QUINT: IRON MAN might make a good step between ZATHURA and JOHN CARTER.
JON FAVREAU: I think it is. We'll see how much they want to do IRON MAN 2! Let's see how excited they get about Carter because I would do more of these, you know, but I really... You know, Carter has really turned into a labor of love. I really have grown to love that character and that franchise and I think we really broke the story and the visuals, so I'm ready to make that one. [...]

[09.05.2006] sprach kürzlich mit Jon Favreau...
[...] Paramount has put the the long-gestating film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars on hold, pending the success of his next directing project, Iron Man, and the upcoming 11th Star Trek film . "It ain't happening now," Favreau said in an interview at the Saturn Awards in Universal City, Calif., earlier this week. "Iron Man is my next film, and I hope that I get to do Carter as well. So that would, by definition, be not a priority for them." [...]
Despite the delays, Favreau said he was pleased with a recent draft of the script by Ehren Kruger (The Skeleton Key, The Ring), as well as some of the early concept art he's seen. For Paramount, the issue isn't the quality of the work, but the timing of the project. "The studio really liked it," Favreau said. "But they've committed to doing the Star Trek franchise, to start that up again, with J.J. [Abrams], and they have other science-fiction properties, and they don't think the timing is right. And, hopefully, by continuing my relationship with them, by doing this Iron Man film, I'll leave the door wide open for Carter, which is a much more challenging property."
Favreau is the third director to be attached to the project, following Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) and Kerry Conran (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow), who were involved in earlier incarnations.

[04.01.2006] Empire Online sprach mit Jon Favreau...
[...] "This thing has gone through dozens of incarnations and because of how expansive it is and the fact that there’s only one human character and most of the other characters are fifteen feet tall green martians there has never been the technology available to bring it to the screen. But now with the technology that exists (Favreau sites Peter Jackson’s King Kong as the film that proves it can be done) I’m pretty confident that we come up with something really cool."
The movie is still in the development stages, but has the potential to be enormous. "The way it stands is that we have artists working on research, we’re working on a script and we should know by the spring whether we’re going ahead or if the project goes back on the woodpile... It’s pretty big. Theoretically it could spin out into a fully fledged franchise, which is, I think, what the holy grail is for the movie studios now."

[10.10.2005] Quint von AICN sprach ausführlich mit Jon Favreau über seine "John Carter of Mars"-Vision...
[...] my in to the film is to keep it very personal and small in the beginning. One of the movies I point to as I talk to the studio and people who I want to collaborate with is the first PLANET OF THE APES. It didn't bend itself out of shape trying to explain the technology behind it. They really made it a personal journey about somebody in a strange land learning about a strange culture in a strange society and eventually getting to a point where he understands it and could communicate with them.
But really, ultimately, you have to dial into what this guy is experiencing if this really were happening. The story is so fantastic that the responsibility of the filmmakers is to put it in a context that the audience can emotionally connect to. If that connection exists and is maintained, you can push all of these things. There's going to be no lack of excitement, visual excitement. [...]

[07.10.2005] Moriarty von AICN sprach mit dem hauseigenen "John Carter"-Produzenten Harry J. Knowles...
[...] Paramount's gone through a lot of changes since you first got involved in this project. Is this hiring of Favreau a sign of confidence in the project?
"Actually - ya know, it hasn't mattered which execs we've had... there's always been a great deal of excitement at the studio side regarding this project. Signing Jon on has been further proof of just how much they value the John Carter property." Okay, then. One last question. Ehren Kruger's script was reportedly turned in, and I've heard it wasn't universally loved by any means. What's the plan now that you've got Favs onboard?
"Jon's first order of business is to bring on a screenwriter to bring the script back closer to Burroughs. He loves that novel. At this stage Jon is securing the effects and design team that we've had through Kerry's tenure on the project and just continue to chip away at the awesome mountain of pre-production that will make this film amongst the finest science fiction-fantasy films of all time." [...]

[06.10.2005] CS! meldet einen neuen Regisseur... *g*
[...] Paramount has hired Elf and Zathura helmer Jon Favreau to direct John Carter of Mars, the epic adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs sci-fi series. [...]
Variety says the film begins with a Civil War veteran whose retreat into a cave to avoid capture by Apache Indians takes an otherworldly turn as he's transported via time portal to the planet of Barsoom and taken prisoner by 12-foot-tall green men.
Burroughs wrote 11 volumes of Carter's adventures and the studio is hoping the film will launch a franchise. Ehren Kruger rewrote a script by Mark Protosevich, and Ain't It Cool News creator Harry Knowles is co-producing.
Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) and Kerry Conran (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow) were each attached to direct at one point.

[01.06.2005] Now Playing sprach mit dem Drehbuchautor Ehren Kruger...
[...] "I’m in the writing process for John Carter of Mars, working with the director - [Sky Captain’s] Kerry Conran," says Kruger of the Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation. "He’s in, too, with his visual design team - the effects, and the sort of outlandish worlds that need to be created for that. He has to design all that. So we’re pretty [well] along with the script. It’s a faithful adaptation to the novels, but the novels were written in the teens and ’20s, so there’s some degree of modernization just to the tone of them. But in terms to the story, we are trying to be as faithful as we can because those novels inspired a lot of the science fiction and fantasy that came later in the century." [...]

[07.12.2004] ERBzine meldete kürzlich...
Director Kerry Conran, along with brother Kevin and a team of production personnel, met with Danton Burroughs at the Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. offices in Tarzana today, to discuss the Paramount John Carter of Mars film project. Danton shared Edgar Rice Burroughs' vision for Barsoom adventures on film, while longtime ERB fan and Hollywood writer Tracy Griffin added his expertise to the discussions.
A plethora of Barsoom reference material was presented to the Conran team: pulp magazines, comics, American and foreign editions of the Mars series, the Library of Illustration volumes, Trendmaster and other toys and memorabilia, games, fanzines, biographies and bibliographies.
Artwork from a broad cross-section of Mars artists, old and new, was also on display: St. John, Schoonover, Burroughs, Marsh, Frazetta, Krenkel, Whelan, D'Achille, Boris, Jusko, Kubert, Kane, Yeates, Stout, etc.
Adding to the uniqueness of this meeting was the showcasing of the artistry of Danton's father, John Coleman Burroughs. This included many of the materials JCB had created to serve as models for his John Carter art projects: a full-scale hand-carved Martian sword, a thark head, a large model of a thoat with moveable parts, and photographs of wife Jane Ralston posing in full Dejah Thoris costume.
Danton followed this up by bringing out rare samples of his father's Martian art, which included original panels from the John Carter of Mars Sunday pages, art from the ERB Mars novels, samples from the JCB/Clampett animation project, as well as stacks of big little books and comics containing JCB Mars art.
Most of these reference materials are also displayed on the and Websites, which makes for convenient future reference.
ERB fans will be excited over the news that the long-overdue film adaptation of the Burroughs Mars series is about to be realized. All parties involved are committed to making this production a big-budget blockbuster that is true to the spirit of the original novels.
Director Kerry Conran is a dedicated fan of classic science fiction, as he showed in his recent "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow," and in his choice of Ehren Kruger as scriptwriter for the project. Conran is also a master of the spectacular computer graphics needed for creating the fantasy alien world of Barsoom.

[12.10.2004] Wie Blickpunkt:Film meldet, wird der "The Ring"-Drehbuchautor Ehren Kruger für Regisseur Kerry Conran eine neue Fassung des geplanten Science-Fiction-Abenteuers "A Princess of Mars" schreiben....

[14.09.2004] RopeofSilicon sprach mit Kerry Conran...
[...] There have been rumors about A Princess of Mars and your attachment, is there anything to that?
"Yeah, we're moving full steam ahead on that. We don't have a script yet, it's early on obviously, but it's starting. Hopefully in the next couple months we'll start to move."
Is it going to be in a similar style as Sky Captain?
"I think we'll have a little more resources available this time out, sort of how Peter Jackson made Lord of the Rings, which used all the available technology, such as miniatures and all that to achieve that. I think there are certain types of images and effects that the computer isn't suited for, and you want to use whatever the best approach is for whatever the thing you're trying to create. So I wouldn't say that we would want to do it remotely like we did World of Tomorrow, but absolutely we would use some of the techniques."
What more is there to look forward to in your future?
"In truth, Princess of Mars was something that I never could have imagined even agreeing to do, or wanting to do in that regard because I really only wanted to do my own stuff.
"I've also started working on what intended to be the next project with a friend of mine, that I went to school with, Bob Gordon, who wrote Galaxy Quest, one of the Men in Black movies, and Lemony Snicket, and so we have our little opus that we wanted to start working on. We're trying to do something that's very different, but very ambitious at the same time."
Sci-fi, action, fantasy....?
"Something like that, but not anything to do with what World of Tomorrow is about. I would hope to never duplicate this in any fashion."

[26.08.2004] CS! sprach u.a. mit Kerry Conran...
[...] he mentioned that he is in talks with Paramount to possibly helm a movie based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter, Warlord of Mars. "We're going to try to bring that to life somehow, but it's a massive undertaking," he told us. "I think that was obviously the father of some of the early pulps, apart from H.G. Wells, and I think that Star Wars and all those other movies drew a lot of inspiration from it. It would be a pretty incredible challenge."

[31.07.2004] Bei AICN gibt es einen Kommentar zur möglichen Beteiligung von Kerry Conran...

[30.07.2004] Kaum hat CS! Stephen Sommers als möglichen Regisseur ins Spiel gebracht, meldet
Alphaville's sci-fi adventure-action picture "A Princess of Mars" is closing in on a new captain: director Kerry Conran. Conran, whose "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow," is set for release Sept. 17, is in negotiations to direct "Princess," a Paramount-based production, as his next project. Conran entered the picture after former "Princess" director Robert Rodriguez resigned from the DGA earlier this year, making him ineligible to direct the Paramount tentpole. Based on the first book in Edgar Rice Burroughs' 11-volume "John Carter of Mars" series, the property is being developed as a major franchise. Alphaville's previous forays into the fantasy and f/x arena include "The Mummy" franchise and its spinoff "The Scorpion King."

[12.06.2004] Bei AICN gibt es u.a. frühes Artwork von John Carter und Deja Thoris, welches auf der New Yorker Licensing Show präsentiert wurde... Inkl. Kommentar von Harry Knowles...
The producer in me is screaming that these images were created before PRINCESS OF MARS ever had a script done... that being said I like them, just wish I could show the super cool stuff that is more up to date. That being said, when I write on the site, I'm not the producer, but the editor and this spy sent the stuff in, so I'm powerless to stop it. So here ya go... Some extremely old - early images on PRINCESS OF MARS...

[20.05.2004] IGN FilmForce meldet, dass Robert "Ich mach alles selbst, dann bleibt das Budget niedrig" Rodriguez "ersetzt" wird... Das könnte dem Projekt den Todesstoss versetzen... *g*
IGN FilmForce has confirmed that Robert Rodriguez is no longer the director of Paramount's A Princess of Mars (a.k.a. John Carter of Mars). We were tipped off earlier today that he wasn't going to be directing and that his decision was final. Rodriguez's reps at ICM have confirmed that the Spy Kids filmmaker has indeed departed the Paramount/Alphaville project.
Rodriguez's recent decision to resign from the Directors Guild of America had placed his ability to helm the big-screen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic sci-fi novel in jeopardy. As a DGA signatory, Paramount was not allowed to hire a non-union director.
Just last month, however, Rodriguez advised Entertainment Weekly, "I can still do that movie because I was assigned to it before I left the DGA. I'll occupy that island of misfit directors like Quentin Tarantino and George Lucas."
Sources also advised us that Paramount approached Hellboy director Guillermo Del Toro to replace Rodriguez but he turned them down three times.
A Princess of Mars is slated to go into production next year. [...]

[20.04.2004] Laut einer Meldung bei DH sind Matthew McConaughey, Josh Hartnett und Leonardo DiCaprio im Gespräch für die Rolle des John Carter...

[09.04.2004] CS! meldet...
Variety reports that Robert Rodriguez's resignation from the Directors Guild of America (DGA) has jeopardized Paramount's development of A Princess of Mars. The problem is that as a DGA signatory, the studio is required to employ only guild directors.
Rodriguez's recent move to leave the DGA was triggered by his desire to co-direct Sin City for Dimension Films with Frank Miller, who created, wrote and illustrated the three-book graphic novel series.
"We are in discussions with Mr. Rodriguez and are trying to come up with a solution," said Rob Friedman, vice chair and chief operating officer of Paramount's motion picture group.
The trade adds that Rodriguez insist that - at least for now - he is unwilling to rejoin the Directors Guild just to direct "Princess of Mars." DGA rules dictate that there be only one director assigned to direct a motion picture at any given time, although the guild occasionally grants a waiver, such as with the Coen brothers.
Paramount-based Alphaville Productions, partnered with Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios, plans to begin shooting early next year. The film is based on the first book in Edgar Rice Burroughs' 11-volume "John Carter of Mars" series.

[01.04.2004] Harry Knowles von AICN als Co-Produzent... Sofern es sich dabei nicht um einen April-Scherz handelt !?! Bei ERBlist kann man sich einen Drehbuchentwurf von David B. Bozarth zu Gemüte führen...

[28.03.2004] Alex von schreibt...
I was able to get a look at Paramount Pictures' ShoWest Reel. On the reel was a collection of unreleased trailers for the remainder of 2004 and quick blurbs about films coming in 2005. [...]
The reel also included a "Work in Production" clip for "The Weather Man" and verbal teasers for "Mission: Impossible 3", "Team America", "Aeon Flux", and "John Carter of Mars".

[03.03.2004] Bei AICN gibt es neben sehenswertem Artwork auch einige interessante Infos von Moriarty...
[...] The idea of Rodriguez making a film that will cost well north of $100 million is intriguing since we know he gets a lot of bang for the buck. In his hands, it should look like three times that much money. And with Texas soundstages standing in for Barsoom, I'm curious about the film's look. I know that Rodriguez is a raving Frank Frazetta fan, and just recently had a chance to visit Frazetta at his museum, where they specifically discussed Conan and John Carter, two of the subjects Frazetta brought to such vivid life in his work. One can only hope that he'll follow the lead of Peter Jackson, whose choice to involve Alan Lee and John Howe in LORD OF THE RINGS helped define that trilogy's visual style early on. If Rodriguez was able to convince Frank Miller that he can reproduce SIN CITY's look onscreen, one can only imagine what would happen if he signed Frazetta to help steer the John Carter film's palette. After all, Robert did get Frazetta to do this poster for FROM DUSK TIL DAWN.
Personally, I can't wait to see 14 foot tall creatures with 4 arms, tusks, antennae and eyes on the side of their heads. I can't wait to visit Barsoom. I can't wait to see John Carter fighting with the dexterity and leaping ability of Spider-Man, but with a sword. I can't wait to see this wild Martian landscape brought to vivid life. This is one of those projects that has been a long time coming, and with all of these people in charge, I finally have faith that it might just get done right.

[02.03.2004] meldet...
Robert Rodriguez is set to direct Edgar Rice Burroughs' science fiction classic "Princess of Mars" for Paramount Pictures. The project is based on the first book in Burroughs' 11-book series, "John Carter of Mars," which centers on John Carter, a Civil War officer from Virginia who is transported to Mars and finds himself a captive of the savage green men from Thark. Eventually, he rises to become the greatest warrior of all time, marries the beautiful Dejah Thoris, raises a family and embarks on numerous adventures.
Mark Protosevich wrote the latest draft. Producing the project are Jim Jacks and Sean Daniel of Alphaville. Rodriguez and his wife and producing partner, Elizabeth Avellan, also are producing. Paramount acquired the rights to the Burroughs series, which carries obvious franchise potential, in 2002. Previously, it had been under development at Walt Disney Studios.
Rodriguez, the filmmaker behind the "Spy Kids" trilogy as well as the "El Mariachi" trilogy, recently signed on to adapt and direct "Sin City," based on a the series of critically acclaimed graphic novels by Frank Miller, for Dimension Films. He will direct "Princess" after he completes "Sin." Rodriguez is repped by ICM.

[01.01.2004] The Comics Journal sprach mit dem Designer William Stout über seine Beteiligung an der geplanten "Princess of Mars"-Verfilmung von John McTiernan...
[...] And before I forget, in regards to John Carter of Mars -- it's already been made into a movie; a really successful one. So why do we need to make another? That film's called Return of the Jedi. Princess Leia is dressed as Deja Thoris throughout the film; you've got Martian fliers as ERB described them; the main characters sword fight throughout the movie. If you look at it, it's the essence of John Carter. So if you make a John Carter movie, your audience, who are mostly unaware of the Burroughs books, is going to think you're ripping off a Star Wars film. [...]

[30.06.2003] Im ERBzin-e gibt es einen interessanten Artikel über "Lost Cartoons: The Animated 'John Carter of Mars'"...
[...] The property of John Carter has fascinated other movie studios over the years. For the last year, Paramount has been trying to develop John Carter as a live action film project. For more than a decade before that, Disney spent millions developing the "Mars" books as both a possible live-action and animation franchise. Disney showered millions on the projects, developed for Tom Cruise to star and John McTiernan to direct. Artist William Stout even did some preliminary design work for the live action version. Disney failed to greenlight production of either version. Disney did, however, proceed with an animated version of another Burroughs' character, Tarzan.

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