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Volume 3694
Our Evolution of John Carter of Mars on Film Series
The first attempt at bringing John Carter to the screen was by
ERB's son John Coleman Burroughs and animation legend Bob Clampett back in 1936.
THE ORIGINAL JOHN CARTER FILM
John Coleman Burroughs ~ 1936
THE JOHN CARTER ANIMATION PROJECT 
PROMOTIONAL PORTFOLIO BY JOHN COLEMAN BURROUGHS 
PART I     |     PART II
Part I: The Story Behind the 1936 John Carter of Mars Animation Project 
Created by Bob Clampett and John Coleman Burroughs 
With complete portfolio illustrations
Part II: Barsoom Illustrations 
From the Danton Burroughs Tarzana Archive
.This project was sidetracked as were numerous other attempts in the coming decades.
In 2004, the Conran brothers Kerry and Kevin produced a very entertaining and technologically groundbreaking film:
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
Paramount, intrigued by the Conrans' homeage to the genre of SF adventure in the style of the classic pulp magazines and their command of the new film technologies showed an interest in picking up the JC torch.  The Conran team started pre-production and art director Kevin Conran wowed everyone with his vision of ERB's Barsoom. Danton Burroughs was very excited about the project and shared the promotional DVD with me at the time.

Last summer we met with Kevin in Tarzana and we were tremendously impressed with his artistic talent and his knowledge of pulps, comics and modern film-making. Recently the 7-minute promo video has somehow been leaked all over the Internet. So at last ERB fans have a chance to appreciate  just how close the Conrans came to bringing the project to fruition before it was skuttled due to a series of unfortunate events.

Since 'the cat is out of the bag' we'd like to share the video and scores of screen captures from it.  This can only increase the excitement leading up to the release of Disney's John Carter on March 9 -- what is promising to be a blockbuster landmark film . . . and a dream come true for all ERB fans:

 
View the Conran short promo film 
HERE
www.cartermovie.com/av/JohnCarterKerryConran.mov
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Kerry Conran's Presentation Reel 
for the abandoned Paramount Production of 
JOHN CARTER OF MARS. 
www.kevinconran.com/john
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=162&v=Bfry_GeXst8
Read the proposed screenplay in PDF
HERE
www.erbzine.com/mag36/KrugerScript.pdf
www.scifiscripts.com/scripts/JohnCarterofMars.pdf
Read Michael Sellers' detailed summary of the screenplay
HERE
See more of Kevin Conran's impressive artwork at:
www.kevinconran.com


 
 

. . . Continued in Part II: ERBzine 3695


Disney's Official John Carter Movie Site:
http://disney.go.com/johncarter
Coming to the Theatres on March 9, 2012
Visit the John Carter Film News Site
www.cartermovie.com
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