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Director Mark Andrews Talks Replacing Brenda Chapman On 'Brave,' The Future Of 'John Carter' & More

Photo of Drew Taylor By Drew Taylor | The Playlist June 21, 2012 at 11:06AM

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – Mark Andrews, who makes his feature directorial debut this weekend on Pixar's heavily hyped, medieval girl-power romp "Brave" (taking duties over for Brenda Chapman, who parted ways with the film – more on that in a minute) was also an assistant director and co-writer on "John Carter," Disney's massively budgeted sci-fi spectacle that crashed and burned like an out-of-control Martian spaceship. Few filmmakers have been in the unenviable position of being involved in huge (and occasionally troubled) productions this close together.
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What's more is that Andrews is actually optimistic about returning to the series. "It's going to get its legs back and me and Andrew aren't done with that story yet and we really want to do two and three," Andrews said. "There's some great stuff for John Carter as a hero to deal with in the future." He added that they continue to work on the script for the subsequent films: "We're ready to go. As soon as somebody from Disney says, 'We want 'John Carter 2,'' we'd be right there." (Andrews also says that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon will be back to co-write the additional films.)

But as for what Andrews will do next, that's somewhat up in the air. "I've got lots of irons in the fire. I definitely have ideas for live action and animation both," Andrews admitted. "I'm developing stuff for Pixar – original animated tales but I have original live action tales as well. I'll hit the ground running come September and figure out what to do next."

For now, though, Andrews is proud of what he accomplished with "Brave" and what he added to the fairy tale milieu. "We wanted to make a story that would resonate with everybody, and I think this parent/child relationship, that heart, is definitely there," Andrews said. "And for me, the one thing for me, that I really liked about the story is it is a dark tale. I'm really glad Pixar got behind it and supported it and didn't try to lighten it." He then explained the historical precedence: "There's real stakes for this character and some real lessons. That's what makes the original Grimm's fairy tales so great – they're warnings to youth about being mature when they reach adulthood. It is going to be a dangerous place and their decisions and choices can have dire consequences and they can't take growing up lightly." Andrews then paused and summed things up: "I like that it's in the movie and it's pushing the boundaries of animation and the types of stories that we tell out of the realm of just being for kids or kid-friendly topics."

"Brave" opens this Friday.

This article is related to: Pixar , Brave, John Carter Of Mars, Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird, Michael Chabon


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