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Chabon on John Carter, Green and Red Men Alike Rejoice

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , on April 15, 2009 by joeylabartunek

Word came across the Twitter feed from my old buddy The King of Ink that Michael Chabon was now handling the adaptation of the John Carter of Mars property.  John who?  Yeah, I know, bear with me I’ll get to that, but first the news.  From Ifilm:

Almost a week ago, and without any fanfare, Nikki Finke listed John Carter of Mars as one of Michael Chabon’s screenwriting credits; this was then followed up by a Chabon fansite, The Amazing Website of Kavalier and Clay, and they got the author himself confirm:

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 Burroughs’s Barsoom. So this is pretty much a dream come true for me.

Ok, so why should you care?  First Chabon is great, if you haven’t had a chance to read ‘The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay’ go grab a copy, it’s beautiful and fun.  Now I confess to having not read any of the man’s other novels, but that’s because my short attention span prevents reading the same author in a relatively short period of time .

John and Dejah, both of whom would whoop your ass.

John and Dejah, both of whom would whoop your ass.

So secondly and more important reason why you should care?  The John Carter of Mars property is amazing.   Written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the same guy who created Tarzan, the series of books tells the tale of Carter, southern gentleman and soldier, and a really take no shit, honorable, kick your ass if you step out of line kind of guy.  After the war, Carter finds himself in a strange native american cave where he is transported to the planet Mars.

I know I know, bear with me just a little longer.

Once there, Carter finds him self a super hero amongst the ever warring human-esque red and the beastial many-limbed green martian peoples.  There’s epic war, daring rescues, sleek silver flying vehicles, giant airships, cool guns & flashing swords, hot women, buff dudes, great aliens, I mean really, it’s a pretty goddamn epic story once it gets down to it.  And it’s perfect for a giant blockbuster.

I remember just devouring these books as a kid.  And best of all, in them they had these great black & white drawings by Frank Frazetta, and man, between the stories and his art, the warlike wasteland of Mars really came to life for me.  It was a dream of mine to try and take a shot at adapting it.  Of course I’m a little late and all, but the fact that a great writer like Chabon, who sounds as excited as I might be handling rewrites on the script comforts me alot.

Oh and the little word on the street that Pixar’s the studio that’s going to be doing this, and you can start to understand why my excitement is already mounting.

John Carter and Tars Tarkas doing what they do best.

John Carter and Tars Tarkas doing what they do best.