‘WALL-E’ Director Talks ‘John Carter of Mars’

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

john carter of mars image1 WALL E Director Talks John Carter of MarsWay back in the summer of last year, Screen Rant reported (as an update) that the project John Carter of Mars wasn’t likely to start getting made for a long time, since at that time they hadn’t even decided on what form it would take – animation, live-action or a mixture of both.

But things seem to now be steamrolling ahead as WALL-E director Andrew Stanton revealed in a recent interview with SciFi Wire.

[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 pre-production art-wise, and we’re starting to talk to actors. So it’s full bore.

And as to the question of what form the film will take, Stanton has thankfully answered it:

Yeah, I think [live-action] 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.

Other information revealed by Stanton is that the film will most likely be PG-13 and that the script is intended to be no more than 120 pages (which constitutes roughly two hours of screen time).

It’s always great to see a project that has been in development hell for years finally moving forward into and beyond the development stages. And after reading the story outline for it (given below), John Carter of Mars has the potential to be one hell of a fun ride!

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.

Although the Mars novels written by Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs have been around for years, I can honestly say that  I’ve never heard a plot for a movie quite like this in a long time (if ever!)…

johncarterofmars WALL E Director Talks John Carter of Mars

What’s most interesting about these details is that it will be live-action and not animated, as expected. As Stanton mentions they’ll have to employ a truckload of CGI to bring this story to life – it’s almost like they want to set themselves a challenge by taking the route more difficult to achieve. But then, isn’t that how the best films end up getting made?

It’s also interesting to note that it’s not Pixar who’s behind the project alongside Stanton, but Disney. However, that doesn’t mean any less effort is going to be put into it – Stanton is known, as all of the Pixar directors are, for putting in a full effort; not just directing the project but helping to develop it from printed word and basic designs right up to its debut on the big-screen. And this is definitely a project that deserves a full effort, IMO.

John Carter of Mars is set for a 2012 release. Are you glad that it is finally getting made and that it’ll be live-action instead of animated? Or were you hoping the filmmakers would go in another direction?

Source: SciFiWire and IMDB

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  1. Would love to see this. Bound to have a lot of CGI but real action would be very impressive.

    Does hark back to those scifi/fantasy movies I used to love.

  2. Yes, I’m glad this is finally getting made- and the direction this is taking is not that far from the direction when it was considered for Kerry Conran (Sky Cap’n + World Of Tomorrow), although I was curious how Jon Faverau would have done it as well (before Iron Man) ….)I am somewhat familiar with the novels as well as the comics spinoff from the early to mid 80’s (Marvel).

    Also, since Mouse House dropped the Narnia flicks, they might need a new franchise, and cross their fingers…

  3. Oooohhhhh… I am so excited. I bought the first book on a whim. Was not expecting a story written in 1911 to be this good. I just home they can to this story justice. Great that it’ll be live action. Do it like 300 or Sky Captain if they want.

  4. Great if they took a Hellboy 2 approach. CGI mixed heavily with live creature effects and animatronics.
    Mix in the set designs of Flash Gordon, that would be something to see!

  5. I used to love the John Carter comics along with Jonah Hex…STanton will make an awesome movie and everyone knows this..It’s one to mark on the calender for 2012…

  6. Stanton is a great choice! I’m so excited for this! How many starts and stalls have we had on this! It’s about time to realize this film? Of course it won’t come out till 2012?! Isn’t that when the world is suppose to end? Now, I KNOW I’ll never get to see it. (Sarcasm)

  7. I had actually never heard of the before you guys mentioned it here on Screenrant.

    The movie (like the book) is going to be wild, it’ll be great to see what they come up with.

    My only issue with the book is how hokey it could get in a hurry. This could either be a curse or a blessing in the screen adaptation.

  8. (btw, I read the book)

  9. Finally! A classic gets a chance! :)

    And there are many more great stories where this one came from!


  10. so every thing has more limbs there?

  11. The John Carter books were my intro to sci fi – hope they don’t mess this up!!

  12. I was afraid, after Rodriquez and Favreau withdrew from the earlier John Carter of Mars projects, that this would never be made. The books are so perfect for the current state of the art of film CGI! I want to see John Carter and Tars Tarkas on battle thoats or fliers under the hurtling moons of Barsoom.

    However, how will Disney cope with a princess who is virtually naked (except for some ornaments) the entire time? What about Carter’s relationship with the giant Green Martian female Sola?

    This is not a problem that Cinderella or Belle or Pocahantas every presented.


  14. Finally,.. finally, some brains behind this project,…. there is NO reason that this can’t be the next Lord of the Rings, as it should be. There are alot of fans out there who have been waiting such a LONG time for this. Just do it right guys, and you will have the blockbuster for 2012, trust me.