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Andrew Stanton Talks Historical Accuracy of 'John Carter of Mars'

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February 1, 2011
Source: MTV

Andrew Stanton / John Carter of Mars

Though Disney recently moved up the release date of Andrew Stanton's upcoming adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars to March 3rd, 2012 from the summer, we're still waiting to see a trailer, any footage, photos, or posters, but our patience will pay off eventually. In the meantime, MTV talked with Pixar director Andrew Stanton, who said he's still in the thick of post-production. "I'm in digital principal photography now, which goes on for the rest of 2011, so I'm only halfway through the movie," he revealed. As for a tease of what it all might look like, well, he says it will be "a very historically accurate Martian film."

"I didn't try to make it look like anything else. I really tried to make it its own thing. I tried to make a very historically accurate Martian film if that makes sense, so I'll let you decipher that," Stanton said.

"When you've made animated movies your whole life, it was pretty exciting to be outside for a day, let alone for months," said Stanton, a fixture at Pixar. "For as cold and as hot and as hard as it was, which I knew it would be, I was up for it and it was a blast. It was the hardest thing I'll ever have done, but man, it was a great adventure. It was like sailing across the ocean, you know, everything that goes with that."

There's also historical accuracy in regards to the Civil War setting it begins with, but Stanton is referring to the stories in Burroughs' novels being from Mars' past, not future. From Wikipedia: "Once a wet world with continents and oceans, Barsoom's seas gradually dried up, leaving it a dry planet of highlands interspersed with moss covered dead sea bottoms. Abandoned cities line the former coast lands. The last remnants of the former bodies of water are the Great Toonolian Marshes and the antarctic Lost Sea of Korus." Kind of a cool concept to think about and I'm sure it'll make a few of John Carter of Mars fans nerd out, because Stanton is being as faithful as he can. He's telling Mars' own historic epic stories like Homer or Milton did on Earth.

Stanton also mentions that he's hopeful that their lead actor, Taylor Kitsch, will not only be "another great face on the big screen" (which is always tough with an actor in their first major role) but also "John Carter to people and nobody else if we've done it right." I've got plenty of faith in Stanton and I definitely can't wait to get our first glimpse of John Carter of Mars, whenever that might be, as we're not really sure. Stay tuned!

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  • I don't know a great deal about John Carter or the books. However I do have a huge amount of time for Andrew Stanton. Wall-E was something very special and because of that I will give this serious consideration.
  • Kamish
    I can't wait...I hope this becomes Conan the Barbarian meets Star Wars
  • Voice of Reason
    I dig Stanton, and I'm sure he'll deliver...but Riggins as the star, John Carter, makes me nervous.
  • Insider
    Who's he trying to fool? Digital Principal Photography = 3D Previz/Layout. They're not reinventing the wheel. I've seen ads for layout positions for this film.

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