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John Carter of Mars: Fact or Fiction?

Just3D points out the following IMDB movie page. It is the page of John Carter of Mars, and it sports some news which I don’t seem to believe.

John Carter of Mars (2009)

Directed by

Andrew Stanton
Bob Peterson (co-director)

Writing credits

Edgar Rice Burroughs (novel) and
Pete Docter (story)

Read the full info…

Release Date:

2009 (USA) more


Family / Fantasy / Sci-Fi more

Plot Summary:

Civil War vet John Carter is transplanted to Mars, where he discovers a lush, wildly diverse planet… more

Production Notes/Status:
Status: Announced
Comments: On the back burner at Paramount for the time being
Status Updated: 28 December 2006
Note: Since this project is categorized as being in production, the data is subject to change; some data could be removed completely.

Now I find this a little unbelieveable, as for it to come out in 2009, Andrew Stanton would have to be working on 2 projects at once, that is, WALL-E and this project. It still might be a Pixar project however, as they have nothing set for release in 2009. Still, the timing doesn’t feel right to me. John Lasseter has only been reported to have aquired the rights to this recently. If it was CG, you need at least 4 or 5 to put it through production. They would only have 2 1/2 years left really. That is of course, unless they didn’t already start on it without the rights with the knowledge that they would aquire the rights.

What do you think? Fact or fiction? Leave a comment below and let us know.

0 Responses to John Carter of Mars: Fact or Fiction?

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think the word of IMDB shouldn’t be taken as gospel. They do get things wrong from time to time/incomplete information, or just take a while to update their information. You still can’t access the Wall-E page, even though you can get onto the Toy Story 3 page.

    I would be amazed if they sprang this one on us. Surely they wouldn’t have started work on it without the rights.

  2. scorpiotsm says:

    IMDB is not always acurate. I have a friend that has written four films and their website only has him listed on two of them.

    As far as Stanton directing Princess of Mars, I’ve heard this reported several places. I’ve seen several sources say it may not be he that is directing this, but Brad Bird. He recently announced that his next project will be live action and I’ve seen at least three disney blogs mentioning he may direct this or anther movie called 1908, which is about the San Francisco earthquake. If he or Stanton does direct Princess it’s release date is more likely 2010 than 2009.

  3. Mitch says:

    Judging by the fact that the IMDB database is not always entirely reliable, I would post this apparent rumor to be labeled ‘false’.

    2009, so far, seems to be a “year of rest” for the guys over at Pixar Animations Studios. Unless Brad Bird does, indeed, have plans to finish this afore-mentioned project sooner than we thought (which is highly unlikely)…I don’t think there is any reason to expect anything too big from the Pixar crew this early.

  4. Venusian says:

    I’m a big John Carter of Mars fan, so I’ve been dogging this for years.

    I DO think that Stanton will direct ( he wanted it ) but I also think 2009 is early. That they have 3 people on story development says something. That they have a co-director and a writer indicates their want to get this launched.

    At this stage I’d say it’s mostly Bob Peterson’s baby.

    I think the Brad Bird thing is only speculation based on The Incredibles and his moving into live action. Neither Disney or Pixar has attached this to him at all ( nor has he ) – it’s always been Stanton.

  5. CountSolo says:

    Has there even been a confirmation anywhere that Pixar is doing this? If that were the case, then this would be Pixar’s first adaptation of a story taken from another medium, since all of Pixar’s screenplays have been original so far. Frankly, I find it a bit unlikely that Pixar would deviate from their ways, screenplay-wise; but then again, anything can happen. As of now, though, my speculation is that a different subsidiary of Disney will be producing this film, and not Pixar.

    Regarding the IMDb issue, I certainly agree that it can be very untrustworthy at times. I mean, David Schwimmer’s name was listed in IMDb’s Ratatouille page as the voice of Emile for months – we all know how inaccurate that is…. The thing is, I believe a relatively huge chunk of people, a lot of whom do not have administrative rights, can edit IMDb (much like Wikipedia can be edited by a huge chunk, except the chunk is larger.) All it takes is one malevolent (or perhaps misinformed) editor to get rumours floating.

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