Utah will be stage for Mars in new Disney Pixar film
The Salt Lake Tribune ~ June 12, 2009
First as the planet Vulcan and now the red rocks of Mars, Utah has become Hollywood’s destination spot for depicting exotic intergalactic worlds.
Disney and Pixar, makers of classic animated movies such as "Toy Story" and the recent hit “Up,” are expected to partly film the pulp science-fiction adventure “John Carter of Mars” in Utah from November to July 2010.
Portions of the Beehive State will double as Mars, including Lake Powell (where the original "Planet of the Apes" was partially filmed, pictured below), Moab, and Kane and Wayne counties.
In exchange for filming here, the production will receive a tax credit
through the state’s film incentive program. On
"It’s the biggest movie we've ever used incentives on,” said Utah Film Commission executive director Marshall Moore. “We haven’t seen these kinds of numbers since doing a TV series for a year."
The San Rafael Swell already doubled as the planet Vulcan in this year’s summer blockbuster "Star Trek," but secondunit crews only shot for four days in Utah.
Disney is scheduled to shoot in Utah for 45 days. The story, based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs science-fiction book series -- which begins with "A Princess of Mars" -- is about an American Civil War veteran who is transported to Mars to face a series of adventures.
Burroughs, who was born in Chicago, was no stranger to Utah, working as a railroad police officer in Salt Lake City in 1904.
The movie has been in development for several years, and noted directors Robert Rodriguez ("Sin City") and Jon Favreau ("Iron Man") were at one time slated to direct the live-action film. The movie, which is planned for release in 2012, will be directed by Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton ("Finding Nemo," "WALL-E").
According to a GOED executive summary, the filmmakers are committed
to spend $27.7 million in the state and employ 398 Utahns during the seven
months of pre-production and shooting. In turn, the production would receive
a $5.5 million tax credit under the state's incentive program.
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