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From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E), John Carter of Mars brings this captivating hero to the big screen in a stunning adventure epic set on the wounded planet of Mars, a world inhabited by warrior tribes and exotic desert beings. Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Barsoom Series," the film chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). John Carter of Mars also stars Mark Strong, Bryan Cranston, James Purefoy, Samantha Morton, and Thomas Haden Church. 

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John Carter and Dejah Thoris on Mars
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Disney's John Carter adaptation 
goes back to the future of film
Guardian ~ November 14, 2011
Read excerpt in our Press Section
Space Ships In John Carter Will Be 
Like 18th Century Tall Ships, Says Star
Dominic West – Sab Than in the Disney space opera – 
reveals some tantalising titbits about the eagerly-awaited Martian epic
Featured in the sfx site ~ November 1 2011
Official Character Descriptions 
and Fun Facts
October 28, 2011
Walt Disney Studios has provided more pre-release info:
Props and Costumes
A Photo Gallery
An October 4, 2011 Sneak Peek with
Andrew Stanton ~ Taylor Kitsch ~ Lynn Collins
Disney's Official John Carter Movie Site:
Latest JC Trailer News from the Disney and ERB, Inc. Offices:

"The John Carter trailer has played on about 40% of Harry Potter screens,
which is good coverage given how huge Potter is (coverage is lower the farther out a film is).
For any fans looking to see the trailer – I recommend catching it on Captain America
(both 3D and 2D screens), we should have great coverage there,
and of course are continuing to trailer on Potter as well."
Andrew Stanton Interview: ERB and John Carter
Reported at ~ September 20, 2011
ANDREW STANTON: . . . “A damaged civil war vet is mistakenly transported to Mars and through his entanglement in the warring races of the planet and the impassion quest of a runaway princess, rediscovers his humanity.” Or you want the shorter logline that says, “It’s a man rediscovering his humanity among Martians.” . . .  More>>>
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Trailer Review 1 | Trailer Review 2 | Review 3 | Review 4 | Review 5

John Carter Edit Bay at Barsoom Studios, LA 

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Visit to the John Carter Edit Bay at Barsoom Studios, LA ~ July 11, 2011
We sat in a big screening room and finally the man of the hour [Andrew Stanton] appeared. "This is a world that has influenced many of the biggest science-fiction films of the last 40 years . . . I just wanted to see the film be made by anyone, I just wanted to see it," Stanton said, and seeing the project at Disney gave him the opportunity to bring the novel to life in the form of motion pictures. . . . 

The first clip sees our titular hero lying on his back in the Arizona desert, or so he thinks.  In actuality, John Carter has just been transported to Barsoom (Mars) and the clip plays out with John Carter learning to walk [and leap] in the lower-gravity atmosphere of Barsoom.  John Carter is played by Taylor Kitsch, who looks very good in the role of John Carter. . . . The desert landscape that was on the screen was visually striking and realistic in nature, and the environment looked like what the real Arizona desert looks like here in the real world. 

It is here where we get our first look at the indigenous lifeforms known as the "Tharks."  In the novel, the Tharks are 12 foot green aliens with four arms, and the finished product on the screen definitely fits the description very well.  The head of the Tharks is Tars Tarkas, played by Willem Defoe. 

Defoe had to play the role in a motion-capture suit with two cameras mounted on his face to capture his performance, all while on stilts.  The next clip sees our heroine Dejah Thoris, played by Lynn Collins come in contact with a Thark, Sola, played by Samantha Morton.  Collins looks stunning in the role. . . .  [The footage] all had a style and a shine that looked like something that was unique in the genre of sci-fi.

[Over to Pixar] All of the creatures that make up the world of John Carter were put out for us to see, including a life-size Thark that would make any game-room in the world the best just for having one of these things in it. . . . 

Stanton talked a little more about the obstacles that stand in the way of John Carter, as so many films have borrowed from the novels over the years. . . .  John Carter is shaping up to be a rather unique film experience and another great film from Disney. 

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Everything You Need to Know about Disney’s John Carter Movie ~ July 11, 2011
Andrew Stanton's John Carter and your first glimpse at Tharks!
Ain't It Cool News ~ July 11, 2011
Andrew Stanton's Vision Of Mars - Part I ~ July 11, 2011 

Visit To The John Carter Edit Bay - Part II ~ July 11, 2011 

A First Look at John Carter ~ July 11, 2011
20 Things to Know About JOHN CARTER; 
Plus an Awesome Interview with Director Andrew Stanton and 
Your First Look at a Tharks ~ July 11, 2011
JOHN CARTER Video Blog: 
Reaction to Footage, the Teaser Trailer, and a Lot More ~ July 11, 2011
See More Trailer Screen Captures in
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John Carter Sneak Preview from the UK
Bleeding ~ July 7, 2011
A few of the highlights of the John Carter trailer as reported by
The trailer begins with shots on Earth, the young Edgar Rice Burroughs (Daryl Sabara) being met in the street and addressed. . .  If these Earth shots weren’t filmed on an expansive, real soundstage but created digitally, it’s top-tier stuff. It was a living, breathing street, very busy and cluttered with life. . . . Everything had a very, very natural look to it, and my preconceptions that the film's design would be stylised in an Avatar fashion were proven completely unfounded. Only one shot seemed to feature one of the CG characters, and I can’t tell you which one, but he was male. The voice over appeared to be done by Willem Dafoe. . . Most of the shots of Barsoom showed very few signs of life. There was some kind of huge leap sequence in which Carter propelled himself from landmark to landmark. . . Despite the physics of what he was doing . . . it all looked oddly realistic. We got a good few shots of Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins, not much of anybody else, and Kitsch seemed to be decked out in warpaint, and was typically stripped to the waist. Nothing gave away any indication of plot. . . At the end of the trailer, a complex insignia unravelled to leave just the JCM glyph from the poster. This trailer will go on wide release with the new Harry Potter film . . .and it’s also due online soon. More>>>
The first John Carter trailer from Walt Disney Productions
runs 1:37 and is rated G. 
It will debut with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
on July 15 in most countries.
Disney's Official John Carter Movie Site:
Mark Strong Explains the 'John Carter of Mars' Title Change ~ June 17, 2011
Mark StrongThis is an excerpt from our larger interview with Green Lantern's Mark Strong, focusing specifically on Disney's upcoming John Carter, a topic that's been on many fans' minds lately due to the title change (it was previously titled John Carter of Mars) 
Strong: "Interestingly, John Carter’s had its titled changed. And there seems to be some kind of confusion as to why this should be, and I think the reason is brilliant. The reason is that he has to earn that title. Again, it’s a franchise or a number of books; a series of books that people may or may not know, but if you call him John Carter of Mars, I think at the very beginning, all the work’s been done and what Andrew wants to do, I think, is introduce people to this first film, and by the end of it, he becomes John Carter of Mars, but not at the beginning. In the beginning he’s John Carter, but by the end of the first film, he’s John Carter of Mars; so he’s earned that title to take it off should it want to go to further storytelling."

Andrew How successful do you feel like Andrew Stanton made that transition from animated filmmaking to live-action? And how did his past experiences impact your collaboration?

Strong: He was no different to any other film director. I mean, you’re in charge, you have to answer all the questions and you have to have the idea in your head. He definitely had all of that and more. His enthusiasm was what was really infectious. And your knowledge that he’s such a great storyteller was a very comforting thing to have during shooting. I mean, I don’t know how much collaboration he’s done on you know, subsequent [projects]. But I thought he was absolutely at the top of his game and he knew exactly what he was doing. More>>>

Read the First Major Interview with Andrew Stanton in the LA Times: 
'John Carter': Andrew Stanton 
on Martian History, Comic-Con and … Monty Python?
LA Times ~ June 16, 2011

John Carter In theaters: March 9th, 2012 Copyright © 2011 Walt Disney Pictures 
iTunes Movie Trailers ~ June 15, 2011
iTunes Movie Trailers has debuted the first poster for Disney's John Carter:
"From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes "John Carter"--a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). "John Carter" is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctant ..."

    Updates from ERB, Inc. and the LA SubERBs:

    * Both the ECOF and the Dum-Dum will be in a hotel in Tarzana, 2012.
    * The ECOF will be Friday and Saturday, March 2 - 3, 2012
    Disney is giving a Saturday Night advance screening of JOHN CARTER 
    at the Disney studios for ECOF registrants and their families.
    * The 2012 Dum-Dum dates are officially Wednesday through Saturday, August 15-18.
    A multitude of Centennary events, guests and special projects are planned for this event.
    * The first appearance of the Disney trailer for JOHN CARTER will be at the opening of Harry Potter #8 
    -- ONE month from now!
    * Unfortunately Disney has decided not to promote JC at all at the San Diego ComicCon.
    * Disney is currently re-shooting some of the live scenes for the film.
    * SubERBs want to connect with some other fan groups which might resonate with ERB, 
    such as the Dickens society, the Sherlock Holmes group, the Jules Verne conventions, and the P. J. Farmer group. 
    They plan to have a flier published which can be given out to interested parties.

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    and check out the many events planned for the 2011 Pocatello Dum-Dum at:

May 24, 2011: Walt Disney Pictures JOHN CARTER OF MARS has had its name shortened to simply JOHN CARTER. The film is directed by WALL-E and FINDING NEMO helmer Andrew Stanton, and will be released on 9th March 2012 in the US.
John Carter Of No Fixed Abode

SFX ~ May 24, 2011
Walt Disney has announced that their live action film, John Carter Of Mars, will now be simply known as John Carter, which is a bit odd as it removes the truly interesting bit from the title and leaves you with a name which will only mean anything to a mere handful of the potential audience. But in another way, it makes sense, because the film is actually based more on the book A Princess Of Mars, while John Carter Of Mars was the name of a different, later book in author Edgar Rice Burroughs's Mars series. Maybe Disney is just trying to get rid of any Mars references at all, fearing that setting the film there might come across a little cheesy these days. We’ll see…
[My] character’s name is Kantos Kan, and he is an admiral of a big ship, called the Xavarian. He’s very close to Tardos Mors, who’s played by Ciarán Hinds, who is the Emperor or King of Helium. He’s a very cheeky, mischievous soldier/airman. He’s not in this film very much, in the first one. I think a lot of the characters in the first John Carter are established, but with the knowledge that they’re going to be bigger in the next two episodes of it. So, it’s a lovely character. He’s just very charming. He’s not frightened of getting involved in very sticky situations with John Carter. There’s a certain bravado about him. He’s a bit Errol Flynn-esque. He has a great lust for life and he’s a very positive character, in the film. More>>>
The First Major Interview with Andrew Stanton - Director of
Disney's JOHN CARTER (of Mars)
'John Carter': Andrew Stanton 
on Martian History, Comic-Con and … Monty Python?
LA Times ~ June 16, 2011

Disney Production Art
Mark Strong Talks About John Carter ~ June 9, 2011
Mark Strong recently sat down and talked about his role as Matai Shang in the upcoming production of John Carter, discussing his look in the film as well as how the film will look:
"In the books, they're all bald, but they wear these strange blonde wigs in the books. I think the feeling was that recreating that on film was a little bit strange. So it's much more of a traditional alien look: very shaved, pale, has a big robe. Very powerful.

"Andrew's (Stanton the director) such a great storyteller. We're in very safe hands and you know he's going to make something exceptional. The thing that I think will distinguish it, which I'm most excited by, is that even though it takes place in space — it's science fiction — it's from a Victorian point of view. Because Edgar Rice Burroughs novels were at the turn of the century, and his perception of space was very different from ours. The Martians, for example, wear breast plates and swords and helmets with wings on them. I think that's what's going to distinguish it visually." 

"The Therns are a very powerful race we don't need to get down and dirty. We're cerebral rather then physical."
>>View The Interview

New Series of Comics Adapts Seminal Edgar Rice Burroughs Novels
New York, NY, June 7— Marvel Entertainment, in collaboration with the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate, is proud to announce all new graphic fiction adaptations of the legendary John Carter novels, beginning with John Carter: A Princess of Mars #1 (of 5) in September 2011. By working closely with the ERB estate, all John Carter comics produced with Marvel Entertainment will be considered part of the official canon, adding new layers to the rich mythos created by Burroughs. 

Transported to the dying planet of Mars, Captain John Carter must now fight for his life against creatures unlike any ever seen by mankind. But as he finds himself enveloped by an alien civil war, he meets the proud and beautiful Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, who will change his life forever!

“With our new partnership with Marvel Entertainment, we believe we have found the best creative force to revive the thrills and adventures in the 21st Century of the legendary John Carter of Mars.  We are looking forward to introducing this original interplanetary adventurer to a new generation of fans and await the first issue with great anticipation,” said  James Sullos, President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

Re-envisioned by acclaimed scribe Roger Langridge (Thor: The Mighty Avenger) and fan-favorite artist Filipe Andrade (Onslaught Unleashed), with covers by Eisner-winner Skottie Young (Wonderful Wizard of Oz), John Carter: A Princess of Mars #1 (of 5) brings you the story you love like you’ve never seen it before.

“Edgar Rice Burroughs created one of the great action heroes in John Carter and we’re excited to bring his novels to comics for a new generation,” said Axel Alonso, Marvel Editor-In-Chief. “Roger and Filipe are going to blow everyone away with their take on the John Carter novels, keeping fans new and old on the edge of their seats.” 

This September, one of the greatest action stories of all time comes to life in John Carter: A Princess of Mars #1!

Based on the Novel by EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS
Art and Variant Cover by FILIPE ANDRADE
All Ages …$2.99 

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New York, NY, May 19, 2011-Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing announced today it will publish a new original anthology called The New Adventures of John Carter of Mars, edited by John Joseph Adams and based on the characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Publication will be in the spring of 2012 and will coincide with the 100th anniversary of A Princess of Mars, the first book to feature John Carter. The anthology envisions all-new adventures set in Edgar Rice Burroughs' fantastical version of Mars (known in the series as "Barsoom.") This anthology not only imagines new or the lost adventures of John Carter, but also explores the other characters and niches not fully explored by Burroughs. David Gale is the acquiring editor, and Joe Monti of Barry Goldblatt Literary Agency brokered the deal. Simon & Schuster holds World English rights.

Celebrated fantasy writer Tamora Pierce will write the foreword to the anthology, and John Joseph Adams will write the introduction and header notes. The collection will include stories by Joe R. Lansdale; Jonathan Maberry; David Barr Kirtley; Peter S. Beagle; Tobias S. Buckell; Robin Wasserman; Theodora Goss; Genevieve Valentine; L. E. Modesitt, Jr.; Garth Nix; Chris Claremont; S. M. Stirling; Catherynne M. Valente; and Austin Grossman. There will also be a "Barsoomian Gazetteer," a who's who and what's what on Barsoom, written by science fiction author and noted Barsoom expert Richard A. Lupoff. In addition, each story will feature an original illustration by noted artists such as Charles Vess, John Picacio, Michael Kaluta, and Misako Rocks.

At the same time, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will publish John Carter of Mars, a bind-up of the first three John Carter books: A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, and The Warlord of Mars, with all-new illustrations by Mark Zug, Scott Fischer, and Scott Gustafson.

"I still vividly recall the summer as a teenager that I read all eleven of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars novels in one enthusiastic gulp," said Jon Anderson, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Books for Young Readers. "The opportunity to revisit that experience with new stories from this stellar roster of authors was too much to resist!"

Daryl Sabara Interview - John Carter of Mars ~ April 26, 2011 ~ Interview Excerpt
About: Tell me about your role in [John Carter].
Daryl Sabara: "I'm really excited about it. I play Edgar Rice Burroughs, he's the author of all the John Carter stories. He's the author of Tarzan. But this one is just John Carter for now. He plays John Carter's nephew, because in the story Edgar Rice Burroughs incorporates himself and says that John Carter is his uncle and that the stories are actually John Carter's private journal. And so the story's kind of seen through Edgar's eyes."

About: What's that set like?
Daryl Sabara: "The set is just like being in a doesn't feel right. Like, the sets are literally - they feel like 10 stories tall. They are so tall and everybody has this incredible body makeup. All my stuff is on Earth so I shot all my scenes in London, kind of like in an old Chicago. But it's a period piece - it's my first period piece. I feel like the movie has a little bit of everything in it, and that's what I'm really excited to see."

About: You read the synopsis and it does.
Daryl Sabara: "Right. And to see it all on screen together is just going to be really cool to see."

About: Is there any scene in particular that you can't wait to see how it translates to the screen?
Daryl Sabara: "I don't know if I can say anything. Just when you first see Mars, I think when John Carter first lands on Mars - I'm really excited to see how Mars looks in Andrew's eyes and everyone's eyes."

About: This is Andrew Stanton's first live-action film, right?
Daryl Sabara: "This is his first live-action. I mean, I feel so lucky to get to work with him. Everyone's so great and just so normal. And it's a passion project of Andrew's. He's been wanting to do it since he was a kid. I've known the book since I was little. My grandfather would read them to me, and so I've known them and I'm so excited. I feel so lucky to be a part of something I'm so excited about."

About: Do you think it's probably the most excited you've been about being a part of a film?
Daryl Sabara: "Honestly, it is. So far, this is the most excited I've ever been about being a part of a project."

Taylor Kitsch Talks Working With Andrew Stanton On John Carter Of Mars 
Cinema Blend ~ April 21, 2011
On March 9th, 2012, we will see Kitsch grace the big screen as John Carter in John Carter of Mars. The film is based on the first book of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 11-volume Barsoom series. . . . Kitsch took the time to spill on a few John Carter of Mars details. “You won’t see it [the JC trailer] for a bit. There’s a couple things that need to be tweaked in the sense of just the facts and stuff.” . . . Kitsch did have quite a bit to divulge about director Andrew Stanton. John Carter of Mars is a major shift for Stanton as he’s known for creating some of the best of the best in the world of Pixar animation having written and directed Finding Nemo, WALL-E and more. 

While one may suspect moving from animation to live action would be a rocky transition, Kitsch explained, “You’ve got to remember, when he gets performances out of these characters in his animation he’s working with great actors as well.” Kitsch particularly appreciated Stanton’s personal approach to directing actors. “He’s directing me a lot different than he directs anyone else.” Kitsch added, “He’s with you on this journey and very open to listening and it’s more of a collaborative effort and that’s when you get the best stuff.” 

And, of course, in terms of the cast, Kitsch is in great company and he knows it. “I wake up, I’m working with [Willem] Dafoe, [Mark] Strong, I’ve got Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris.” Before wrapping up, Kitsch humbly added, “I’m a lucky man to go to work with these guys. It’s awesome.” Hear all about John Carter of Mars straight from Kitsch himself in the video clip HERE

Kitsch: I can't watch John Carter
MSN Movies UK ~ April 19, 2011
Taylor Kitsch will watch himself in his latest film once it is complete.
Taylor Kitsch has confessed he can't watch any of the special effects that have been filmed on John Carter Of Mars, as he doesn't like watching himself.

Taylor told New York Magazine's Vulture blog: "He's got a good chunk of minutes cut, but I just won't watch it until it's done. "They want me to watch it, but I need to wait a bit... It's hard watching myself, so I just gotta trust that they're killing it in post. "

Taylor Kitsch Teases 'John Carter Of Mars' Trailer
'I saw the official trailer hours ago. [I'm] over the moon,'  ~ April 17, 2011
Although the release date for the highly anticipated "John Carter of Mars" is still a ways away (March 9, 2012, to be exact), we might be close to seeing an official trailer very soon. When MTV News caught up with star Taylor Kitsch yesterday during the press day for his upcoming drama "The Bang Bang Club," we were pleasantly surprised to learn he had just seen the trailer.

"We're doing some fun little pickups right now," Kitsch said. "I saw the official trailer hours ago. [I'm] over the moon," he revealed. "We are just ... it's a special film. It's going to be a good ride. I'm pumped!"

Although he couldn't go into specifics, Kitsch teased that when fans do see the trailer, they might have a hard time figuring out exactly what they're seeing. "Man, I would love to get going and tell you everything about it," he said. "All I'll say is, good luck piecing it together. You're going to be like, 'How the f--- does this all fit together?' And there's a lot of heart in it too, to say the least," he added. "Yeah, I'm excited about it." More>>>

Taylor Kitsch Talks JOHN CARTER OF MARS . . .
Collider ~ April 16, 2011
Collider excerpt. . . What is it like to do films like The Bang Bang Club, that are scaled back and on a smaller budget, and then do something on a bigger scale like John Carter of Mars, where you’re the title character and you’re working with so many effects?

KITSCH: Well, I’m reacting with real people, and it’s face-to-face and incredibly gritty. There’s more room for error. [Andrew] Stanton has written a script for John Carter of Mars that is so intertwined and so incredibly intuitive and smart that every word and every sentence correlates to something maybe at the very last scene of the film. On its own, that’s something that I’m very excited to be involved with. I think we’ve done it. We’ve told the story, so that you have no idea what’s going to happen. Just to be a part of this guy’s mind-set and to play this title guy is amazing. This guy was 11 years old, wanting to do this film. 

To have him at the helm, and for him to pen what he did, and to go and play that, that was special. I was looking at a 100-foot green screen and there was an X on it at the 75-foot mark, and that was supposed to be a ship that I’m blowing up. In situations like that, escapism is a lot harder, as an actor, and tests you in different ways. Making a light switch real to me, as something that’s going to kill me, and being able to just be present and react to someone are very different. More>>>

Composer Michael Giacchino Talks John Carter of Mars
Collider ~ April 10, 2011 (Interview Excerpt)
Michael GiacchinoCollider: Have you started work on John Carter of Mars yet or are you still in the discussion phase?

Giacchino: Haven’t started anything on that musically. They’re working their butts off just trying to get that together. They shot it and now they’re in post and dealing with animation and all kinds of stuff, so there’s a lot to do before I actually sit down. Probably before I touch that I’ll be with Brad [Bird] on Mission: Impossible first. So it’ll go Super 8, Mission: Impossible, and then John Carter. More>>>

James Purefoy interview: John Carter Of Mars excerpt
Den of Geek ~ February 28, 2011
DoG: Talking of projects, you mentioned John Carter Of Mars. We were saying we know virtually nothing about it. I don’t know if you can talk about it?

JP: It’s about them being in post, and you know Disney are going to be gigantic when it comes out, and it’s about the fact that, just up the road from here 75 per cent, I would have thought, of effects houses in London are right now rendering incredibly expensive shots, and that’s what they’ve been doing. We shot it, when did we finish shooting it? A year ago? And you always knew it was going to be 18 months of incredibly expensive, big, special effects shots.

DoG: Everyone’s really looking forward to it, especially with Andrew Stanton being from Pixar, and they’re champion story tellers so…

JP: And they spend so much of their time on story, story, story, and they know that that’s the secret and what they’ll be doing with it is noodling and fiddling and fiddling and editing and cutting and [thinking] is that telling the right story, because unless you have the story right, it will flop, and you need to be emerged and engaged in that story. He is brilliant, I think he’s extraordinary. I mean, WALL-E is just... you watch WALL-E and it is just mind blowing what he managed to wrap up in that film, as a kid’s film supposedly, so deeply, deeply, not cynical, but hopeless view of what we’re turning into.

DoG: And that he could have an entire narrative with nothing!

JP: They say barely one word each, Eve and WALL-E.

DoG: I know you can’t talk about John Carter too much…

JP: The only thing I can say, is that obviously it’s going to be enormous, it had a huge budget. I don’t like seeing myself on-screen, and I don’t watch myself very much. Once, and then that will be it, but this is a film I can’t wait to see, because I don’t know what’s going on behind me! We were working with these Tharks, which are these nine-foot-tall monsters, and they have four arms. I mean that’s well known, as it’s in the books, but who was it? You know it’s Willem Dafoe in a pyjama suit!

DoG: And that’s another leap of faith...

JP: Willem Dafoe, in an actual pyjama suit, on stilts, with a camera on his head. I mean it’s the same as Avatar, or any of those things, but it’s very hard to tell what it’s going to look like with any of those things.

DoG: It should be quite a revelation for you when you do get to see it. I’m looking forward to it!

JP: Me too!

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'John Carter Of Mars' Will Be A 'Historically Accurate Martian Film,'
Says Director Andrew Stanton 
January 31, 2011 ~ MTV Movies Blog
"I'm not in post-production — I'm in digital principal photography now, which goes on for the rest of 2011, so I'm only halfway through the movie," he explained, indicating that there's a fair amount of effects-heavy work that's still to be accomplished. So, what are some of those effects going to look like? Stanton kept his lips zipped in terms of the aesthetic of "Carter," though he gave an enticing tease: "I didn't try to make it look like anything else. I really tried to make it its own thing. I tried to make a very historically accurate Martian film if that makes sense, so I'll let you decipher that."

"Carter" was an interesting shoot for Stanton for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that this was the "WALL-E" director's first foray into live-action filmmaking.  "When you've made animated movies your whole life, it was pretty exciting to be outside for a day, let alone for months," said Stanton, a fixture at Pixar. "For as cold and as hot and as hard as it was, which I knew it would be, I was up for it and it was a blast. It was the hardest thing I'll ever have done, but man, it was a great adventure. It was like sailing across the ocean, you know, everything that goes with that."

Stanton, who said that "Carter" is still slated for a 3-D release as far as he's aware, also weighed in on the man responsible for bringing the titular hero to life, Taylor Kitsch. "Hopefully he'll be another great face on the big screen, and hopefully he'll be John Carter to people and nobody else if we've done it right," he said of his leading man. See the Video HERE


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