John Carter of Mars

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    Favreau to Helm John Carter of Mars
    Source: Variety
    October 6, 2005


    Paramount has hired Elf and Zathura helmer Jon Favreau to direct John Carter of Mars, the epic adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs sci-fi series.

    Variety says the film begins with a Civil War veteran whose retreat into a cave to avoid capture by Apache Indians takes an otherworldly turn as he's transported via time portal to the planet of Barsoom and taken prisoner by 12-foot-tall green men.

    Burroughs wrote 11 volumes of Carter's adventures and the studio is hoping the film will launch a franchise. Ehren Kruger rewrote a script by Mark Protosevich, and Ain't It Cool News creator Harry Knowles is co-producing.

    Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) and Kerry Conran (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow) were each attached to direct at one point.

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    Anyone ever read any of these? :shrug:

    I remember my step-dad reading them when I was a lot younger, but I never have read any of them.
     
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    They also made books from the comics, which I read as a kid. Actually, I think the comics were made from the books. :) I don't remember the martians being green. I do remember he was like Superman because of the weaker gravity. :)
     
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    Tharks and Baantha's

    Tharks (SP??)- 4 armed, IIRC 4 eyed, green martian

    Baantha- multi legged, multi eyed lion

    There was also a white haired gorilla type animal but can't remember what it was called.

    Thuvia!!!! Princess of Mars. Can't wait to see who will play her.

    Cool... can't wait for this movie.
     
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    Barsoom series:

    • A Princess of Mars (1917)
    • The Gods of Mars (1918)
    • The Warlord of Mars (1919)
    • Thuvia, Maid of Mars (1920)
    • The Chessmen of Mars (1922)
    • The Master Mind of Mars (1928)
    • A fighting Man of Mars (1931)
    • Swords of Mars (1936)
    • Synthetic Men of Mars (1940)
    • Llana of Gathol (1948)
    • John Carter of Mars (1964)

    Barsoom is what Martians called their planet...

    From wikipedia:

    John Carter of Mars is a 2006 film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' first successful novel, titled A Princess of Mars. Produced by Paramount Pictures and slated to be released in 2006, few details are yet available, short of Kerry Conran likely as the film's director and Ehren Kruger as the screenwriter.

    Many are watching this film's production closely as at least three attempts were made to translate this adventure series to film and all aborted. The first attempt was made as an animated feature with Burroughs' himself on board, but disagreements between the studio and the filmmakers doomed the project.

    Originally this film was slated to be released under the title A Princess of Mars. However it was changed to John Carter of Mars during pre-production. Though this title is the same as the name Burrough's final novel in "Barsoom" series, the content is expected to be more or less that of the first novel.

    Robert Rodriguez was originally scheduled to direct the film, and he even went so far as to hire fantasy artist Frank Frazetta as production designer. But when Rodriguez left the Directors' Guild of America (DGA) in a dispute over Sin City, the producers of John Carter of Mars let him go, citing an agreement with the DGA only to work with guild members.
     
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    The artwork on the books I read had Thuvia on one of the covers and she had great thighs! Grrrrrrrrrr! :D

    I thought the martians had 4 arms. Didn't the white haired gorillas have a horn, too?
     
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    4 armed, 4 eyed, green martian?? :shrug:

    Yep.... Thuvia was Hot. Of course all of Frazetta women are hot!!!

    I pretty sure Frazetta did all the art work for E.R.B.
     
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    I think you are right. I think it was even early Frazetta work. Before he got really famous. ;)
     
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    Jon Favreau on John Carter of Mars
    Source: Empire Online
    January 3, 2006


    Empire Online caught up with Zathura director Jon Favreau, who gave an update on John Carter of Mars, Paramount's epic adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs sci-fi series:

    "It was written by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan) close to a hundred years ago," says Favreau for the unitiated. "It’s actually been a bit of a creative well spring than influenced Star Wars a great deal and Superman can kind of be traced back to it. Basically any science fiction goes back to the grandfather, which is John Carter. It’s about a civil war veteran – a cavalry captain – who finds himself transported to Mars and finds himself in the nexus of all these warring tribes on this dying planet with diminishing resources...He also finds himself with what I guess you would call super powers. At the time it was written we didn’t understand anything about going to planets with lower gravity and so the way it was expressed was that he had superhuman strength and leaping abilities. So he’s the guy who finds himself at the end of a war that was pretty meaningless, basically, and wasteful on Earth and ends up showing up on this planet as a super warrior who can actually make a difference. So it’s a bit of a fantasy in that respect."

    See, Star Wars meets Superman and goes to war. Now that's exciting. The project has been on various Hollywood drawing boards for years, "since an animated version was proposed around the time of Snow White" according to Favreau. "This thing has gone through dozens of incarnations and because of how expansive it is and the fact that there’s only one human character and most of the other characters are fifteen feet tall green martians there has never been the technology available to bring it to the screen. But now with the technology that exists (Favreau sites Peter Jackson’s King Kong as the film that proves it can be done) I’m pretty confident that we come up with something really cool."

    The movie is still in the development stages, but has the potential to be enormous. “The way it stands is that we have artists working on research, we’re working on a script and we should know by the spring whether we’re going ahead or if the project goes back on the woodpile…It’s pretty big. Theoretically it could spin out into a fully fledged franchise, which is, I think, what the holy grail is for the movie studios now.”
     
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    My bad...

    Princess of Mars is not Thuvia it is Dejah Thoris.

    I am reading the 'Princess of Mars' now. I think there is a Thuvia in the series but now I can remember.

    Apparently I pissed someone off by linking to that picture. Oh well.
     
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    Finished the first book and about a third of the way through the second.

    There are gonna be some definate hurdles for the movie. The second book does introduce Thuvia so she is a character in the series.

    I think this could be really good but because it was written so long ago alot of ERB's theories in the book seem kinda silly now.

    There are 11 books in the series and they are published by Del Rey books if any one is interested.
     

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