From our Barsoom and John
Carter of Mars sites:
John Carter of Mars is Cast
Taylor Kitsch has been cast as in the lead role in John Carter
Of Mars. Canadian Kitsch played Gambit in X-Men Origins:
Lynn Collins has joined the cast as Dejah Thoris, aka the Princess
Of Mars. Collins played the Siverfox role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Thomas Hayden Church told Jeffrey Lyons of Reel
Talk that he will also be joining the film, in what he's calling a
"very dramatic role."
Kitsch ~ Collins ~ Church
Kitsch, Collins to star in 'John Carter'
Andrew Stanton helming Disney's fantasy epic
~ June 12, 2009
Walt Disney Pictures has set "Wolverine" stars Taylor Kitsch and Lynn
Collins to star in "John Carter of Mars," a fantasy epic that marks the
live action directorial debut of "Wall-E" helmer Andrew Stanton.
Kitsch, a member of the "Friday Night Lights" ensemble who made his
screen breakthrough as Gambit in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," will play
the title character, a damaged Civil War veteran who finds himself mysteriously
transported to Mars where his involvements with a warring race of the dying
planet force him to rediscover his humanity.
Collins will play Dejah Thoris, the Princess of Mars. Collins worked
with Kitsch in "Wolverine," playing Hugh Jackman's character's love interest
Kayla Silverfox. She also co-stars in the HBO vampire drama "True Blood."
Pic will begin filming early next year. Jim Morris and Colin Wilson
are producing. Stanton wrote the script with Mark Andrews.
Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins
blast off to 'Mars'
Disney adapting Edgar Rice Burroughs book series
Reporter ~ June 12, 2009
Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins will star in "John Carter of Mars,"
the adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs book series that Andrew Stanton
is directing for Disney. The movie is a big step for Stanton -- who as
one of Pixar's top creators directed the company's animated films "Finding
Nemo" and "WALL-E" but will now helm his first live-action feature -- and
Disney, which hopes the big-budget production will launch a franchise on
the scale of "Pirates of the Caribbean."
"Carter" centers on a civil war veteran who finds himself mysteriously
transported to Mars, where his involvement with warring races of the dying
planet force him to rediscover his humanity. Kitsch will play the title
character, while Collins is playing Dejah Thoris, heir to the throne of
Mars' Helium kingdom.
Stanton wrote the screenplay with Mark Andrews. Jim Morris, who produced
"WALL-E," and Colin Wilson are producing "Carter," which is eyeing a start
in early 2010. Brigham Taylor is overseeing for the studio.
The role of Carter was considered one of the "gets" for a young actor,
and Disney has spent months meeting and testing a wide swath of names from
Jon Hamm to Josh Duhamel during its search. Canadian-born Kitsch, repped
by WMA and Untitled, began building buzz with his starring role on NBC's
"Friday Night Lights." Before long, he was considered one of the town's
next generation of leading men, especially when he booked the role of Gambit
Collins, repped by WME and 3 Arts, had a recurring gig on HBO's "True
Blood" but appeared with Kitsch in "Wolverine," which raised her profile
considerably. She next stars opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in "Uncertainty,"
which IFC is releasing this year.
Utah will be stage for Mars in new Disney
The deal will bring millions to the state and employ nearly 400
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 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), Moab, and Kane and Wayne counties.
"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 second-unit 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.
Disney/Pixar to produce new film in Utah
KSL.com ~ June
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's new movie incentives bill has landed the state
its first big-time motion picture project.
Take the Walt Disney company, combine it with Pixar and Utah scenery,
and you're going to have the movie "John Carter of Mars." It's based on
a series of books about a Civil War vet transported to the Red Planet.
Governor's Office of Economic Development Director Jason Perry is stoked.
"This is a place where Disney will start looking as the place where they
will want to do all of their films," he said. The film will bring hundreds
of cast and crew members to the state during production. "This is over
400 people involved in full-time work for seven-straight months here in
the State of Utah. This is going to put our film crews to work. It's really
going to put us on the map as a place to film," Perry said.
Chabon Revising "John Carter of Mars"
Kavalier and Clay
Site ~ April 9, 2009
Chabon: ( (pronounced “Shea as in Stadium, Bon as in Jovi”) “I’ve been
hired to do some revisions to an already strong script by Andrew Stanton
and Mark Andrews. I wrote my original screenplay
The Martian Agent
back in 1995 because I wished I could do [Edgar Rice] Burroughs's Barsoom.
So this is pretty much a dream come true for me.”
Chabon has written some highly respected books over the years,
including Wonder Boys, The Yiddish Policemen's Union and
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier ? Clay, which is essential reading for
any comic book fan. Rogert Ebert, reviewing the Spider-Man
sequel, said, "One of the keys to the movie's success must be the contribution
of novelist Michael Chabon to the screenplay; Chabon understands in his
bones what comic books are, and why."
Disney got the option rights to Burroughs' 11-volume series in 2007
after the rights lapsed at Paramount Pictures. Andrew Stanton, the writer
and director of Finding Nemo and WALL-E, is set to direct.
It’s expected to hit theaters in 2012.
South Australia for mars landscape
Advertiser - Adelaide ~ March 30, 2009
Australia could form the backdrop for two of Disney's biggest forthcoming
films, John Carter of Mars and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo.
Senior representatives of Walt Disney Studios have scouted the state for
locations for the upcoming blockbusters although no decisions have been
made. John Carter of Mars is being written and directed by Andrew Stanton,
who made the Oscar-winning Wall-E. Bruce Hendricks, Disney's president
of physical production and producer of all three Pirates of the Caribbean
movies scouted SA for locations on the weekend of March 22 and 23. John
Carter of Mars, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic science-fiction
novel series, is scheduled to begin shooting next year. The makers
of Paramount's aborted version of the film examined filming the movie at
locations near Coober Pedy in 2005. Breakaways Reserve and Moon Plain are
perfect stand-ins for alien and post-apocalyptic landscapes. The area has
been featured in films such as Pitch Black (1999), Red Planet (2000)
and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985). SA's major drawback for large-budget
films is a lack of studio space and facilities. Australia is seen as an
attractive proposition for American films at present with the low value
of the dollar against the greenback and the 15 percent rebate for foreign