SciFi spoke to Andrew Stanton — writer/director for such Disney animated favorites as Finding Nemo and Wall-E — about the very longtime-coming film version of John Carter of Mars.
Essentially, we learned that anything you’ve seen in regard to John Carter won’t exist in Stanton’s version. Stanton explained that he would be going mainly with his own vision of the world and that he’s going do do what he “remembers more than what they exactly do” in the books.
Pixar GM Jim Morris said that they’re trying to re-fresh what he felt is a “stale” look of previous renditions of the story.
“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.”
John Carter of Mars is part of the Barsoom series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, who also created Tarzan. The story follows John Carter, who’s a Civil War vet that is inexplicably transported to Mars and all sorts of crazy stuff goes down involving stuff like aliens, battling, and a princess.
Looking at everything that Andrew Stanton has done, fans of the books need not worry. I can only imagine that the new look will be stunning and amazing and really fun to watch. The movie may even go with a mixture of live-action and CG animation, which Pixar dabbled in with Wall-E.
Stanton sounds like he won’t be in the director’s chair anytime soon, saying this year is all about writing. John Carter of Mars is first up, which he is currently working on with Mark Andrews.
The film is currently coasting over the year 2012 for a release date.