Michael Chabon is Revising Andrew Stanton's 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!