John Carter of Mars gains Antichrist
Andrew Stanton has moved on from lions and wardrobes to an altogether different story, the adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars, and while we've been hearing some casting rumours about some bigger names, this could be the biggest announcement for the project yet, and the most promising.
The film has just gained Willem Dafoe, just seen in Antichrist (Filmstalker review) and that certainly suggests that the film is going to be pitched high, something we already expected considering the director, the scope, and the budget.
Willem Dafoe is to play a character called Tars Tarkas who, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is a leader of a race called the Tharks who know that the only way they can survive is if they stop warring, and this is an action that will apparently not be easy for the character.
The story for the film John Carter of Mars comes from the stories written by Edgar Rice Burroughs beginning back in 1912, and are about a civil war veteran who is uprooted to Mars and discovers a planet teeming with life, mainly of the twelve foot tall barbarian kind who take him prisoner. However John Carter does escape and becomes the saviour of a Princess called Dejah Thomas.
The original stories were rather episode based, and as Andrew Stanton has said himself before, that has given them both the ability to manoeuvre with the film script, and also the added problem of developing a script from all this material - that might be "old school" film development, you know, before they remade everything, no wonder that feels a little bit of a stretch.
Stanton has already addressed the fact of how the film will be shot, and he sees it as the "perfect hybrid movie", by that he means it'll be a blend of live-action and CGI. That's no real surprise considering that it takes place on Mars with plenty of alien creatures. However I hope he's not thinking of leaping on the 3D bandwagon.
With Dafoe on board, Thomas Haden Church being rumoured and both Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins already on board, the cast list is looking decidedly interesting, not that it needed much more considering the original material.