You will be redirected back to your article in seconds
Back to IndieWire

John Carter of Mars Adds Morton, Walker, West

John Carter of Mars Adds Morton, Walker, West

Thompson on Hollywood

I was brought up in Manhattan by a single Dad. His best pal Jerry Rubenstein’s idea of a birthday present for an eight-year-old, girl or boy, was Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I scarfed it up and read every single book ever written by Burroughs, especially his Barsoom Martian novels. I read The Chessmen of Mars over and over. Burroughs took you into an exotic world, much as Burroughs fan James Cameron does in Avatar, or Wall-E writer-director Andrew Stanton will do in his first live-action feature, a film take on John Carter of Mars. In both stories, an American visits a faraway planet inhabited by strange creatures. In John Carter of Mars, co-written by Mark Andrews, Civil War hero John Carter is transported to the red planet Barsoom, where he must adapt, and meets a princess.

Thompson on Hollywood

John Carter of Mars starts at the first of the year. Stanton’s a terrific writer-director, but at my February writers panel in Santa Barbara, admitted to feeling some anxiety about working in a strange medium away from his Pixar comfort zone. His cast is shaping up. In June, Disney announced the two leads: Wolverine stars Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins. Now they are adding supporting cast: Dominic Cooper West (300, The Wire), Polly Walker (Rome) and Samantha Morton (Minority Report). I have high hopes for this one.

This Article is related to: Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , ,


Comments

Mark

Samantha Morton wasn’t in A.I. Artificial Intelligence, perhaps you were thinking of Minority Report?

Anne Thompson

yes, thanks, fixed: I got his credits right–brain glitch.

dayglo

Isn’t it Dominic West.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *