Andrew Stanton's John Carter of Mars Shooting in November!
Time flies. It feels like just yesterday when Wall-E director Andrew Stanton would answer every John Carter of Mars question with "we're just working on the script right now." A year later and now it looks like the script is ready. Fortunately it won't take four years to make like at Pixar. The news comes from the NBC station KSL in Salt Lake City, Utah (via SlashFilm). They report that thanks to a new tax incentive in the state, Disney will bring 400 cast and crew to Utah and shoot John Carter of Mars for seven months. While we never got any official confirmation, word is that this will be Stanton's first live-action feature.
"Utah approved up to $5.5 million in tax credits for the $28 million of work done here. Production is expected to begin in November, and Disney believes the film could become its next big movie series, akin to Pirates of the Caribbean." John Carter of Mars is an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic series of sci-fi novels. The screenplay was co-written by Andrew Stanton and fellow novelist Michael Chabon (as reported in April). Peter over at SlashFilm reports a rumor that Tom Cruise was considering starring in this but in the end decided to do Wichita instead. Not much else is really known about this right now.
Stanton told us last year that he would be specifically adapting the first novel in series, The Princess of Mars, originally published in 1917. The story follows an American civil war hero who gets mysteriously transported to Mars. We've been looking forward this for a while, as not only is it Andrew Stanton's highly anticipated follow-up to Wall-E and first live-action feature, but it's an adaptation of a beloved sci-fi series that should make for great cinema. Here's hoping that it does indeed start shooting in November!