Michael Chabon is Revising Andrew Stanton's John Carter of Mars?!

April 14, 2009
Source: SlashFilm

Michael Chabon - John Carter of Mars

Wow, would anyone have guessed that Disney might hire Michael Chabon to revise a script? Well, to be fair, Chabon is credited for the story in Spider-Man 2, and has probably been revising plenty of scripts in Hollywood uncredited for a while. Last week, Nikki Finke reported that Chabon had changed agents, and listed in that update a credit for John Carter of Mars. Following that mention, the Chabon fansite The Amazing Website of Kavalier & Clay went out seeking confirmation, and finally heard back from Chabon. "I've been hired to do some revisions to an already strong script by Andrew Stanton and Mark Andrews."

Chabon went on to say, "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." Ah, so that explains it! As we already know, Pixar's own Andrew Stanton has been developing an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars for his follow-up to Wall-E. Our last update on this came from Stanton last June, where he pretty much reiterated that he was just working on the script at this point. Although, now it sounds like it's done, and Chabon is helping revise it before it gets the greenlight.

While I know that Chabon doesn't exactly have a lot of credits in Hollywood, he's an incredibly talented writer and this is great news. I guess this goes to show we can actually expect a brilliant John Carter of Mars screenplay from Stanton, Andrews, and Chabon. Now Disney just needs to give them the greenlight!

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  • Fuelbot
    That Pixar would step outside it's doors for input once again proves why their movies are so much better than everyone else's.
  • elessar
    So true, Fuelbot. It also shows how good they are at recognizing talent.
  • Scott McHenry
    Sooooo, what is this movie?
  • Scott, you really don't know? Or is that a joke? Go read this for more details.
  • Wardell
    It's about frackin time they got on with this movie. Absolutely loved the Edgar Rice Burroughs books. Read just about everyone when I was a kid. This could be one FANTASTIC movie, maybe even develop into a series. Lord knows there's enough material around.
  • Working on a Pixar movie is a pretty solid career move, just ask Joss Whedon. The only problem I have is that I'd like to see a fully realized version of John Carter, but Disney/Pixar will undoubtedly make it a softened, all-ages-appropriate version, and that makes me sad. Oh well, we'll always have the books.
  • Karl Waller
    The Barsoom books rocked. Sad to say that few people under thirty five even know who John Carter of Mars is and that's a shame. Not sure about Disney though, I shudder when I think of what they did with such amazing source material as Kipling's The Jungle book. This has also been in Development Hell for at least two decades, so when I read somewhere that principal photography has wrapped, THEN I'll get excited.




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