More Confusing Updates on Pixar's John Carter of Mars
As excited as we all are to see Pixar's Andrew Stanton bring Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic John Carter of Mars stories to the big screen, there are still some big questions waiting to be answered. Will it be live-action or CGI or a hybrid of the two? Will the story be updated in any way to better fit into modern cinema? Back in June before the debut of Wall-E, we had the chance to chat with Andrew Stanton and get a very brief update on the project, but Stanton insisted that this year was all about writing. At a recent press event at Pixar, our friends at AWN caught up again with Stanton and Pixar General Manager Jim Morris and were able to get another update on the film, although their answers seem even more vague.
This search for clues on this John Carter of Mars project seems like a waste of time, but updates like this will hopefully lead us in the right direction. Stanton didn't add much, but he did say that "I'm going to do what I remember more than what they exactly do" in the books. So what does that mean? Jim Morris gives us a better explanation. "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."
After hearing that, I think I'm even more clueless as to what we'll eventually see from Stanton. And that photo at the top is one of those Frazetta paintings anyway. As for the CGI vs live-action question, Morris mentions that "we are looking at a variety of different approaches and techniques for that." I think that means it's time to give up asking about it until they've got something to show us. And what better way to end this update than a statement that couldn't be more exciting to hear. "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."