This one of those odd Hollywood situations where a project has been languishing in development Purgatory for years. Now, all of a sudden, there’s news coming out of the woodwork.
I’m just not sure it’s actually good news.
Edgar Rice Burrough’s Princess of Mars, and perhaps the subsequent pulp novels that followed it, are being adapted into a major motion pictures called John Carter Of Mars. which will focus on the adventures of Earth dweller John Carter and Princess of Mars Dejah Thoris. The project has stuttered several times, but now has a release year (2012), a director (Andrew Stanton of Wall-E fame) and the leads have been cast.
“Friday Night Lights” dreamboat Taylor Kitsch has been cast as John Carter, and Lynn Collins will portray Dejah Thoris. I have to say, I’m a little annoyed, since Carter is supposed to be a grizzled Civil War soldier, which I have difficulty seeing Kitsch pulling off. Then again, I’ve never actually seen “FNL” and my experience with Kitsch is limited to his role as Gambit in that horrid Wolverine debacle — same with Collins, actually. That and my fear that they won’t know how to tackle the glorious pulpiness of the original novels (which I highly recommend) have me very apprehensive. But then again, Stanton did Wall-E, which I love so very, very much.
We shall see.