John Carter of Mars Adds Morton, Walker, West

by Anne Thompson
August 24, 2009 6:48 AM
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Thompson on Hollywood
I was brought up in Manhattan by a single Dad. His best pal Jerry Rubenstein's idea of a birthday present for an eight-year-old, girl or boy, was Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I scarfed it up and read every single book ever written by Burroughs, especially his Barsoom Martian novels. I read The Chessmen of Mars over and over. Burroughs took you into an exotic world, much as Burroughs fan James Cameron does in Avatar, or Wall-E writer-director Andrew Stanton will do in his first live-action feature, a film take on John Carter of Mars. In both stories, an American visits a faraway planet inhabited by strange creatures. In John Carter of Mars, co-written by Mark Andrews, Civil War hero John Carter is transported to the red planet Barsoom, where he must adapt, and meets a princess.

Thompson on Hollywood

John Carter of Mars starts at the first of the year. Stanton's a terrific writer-director, but at my February writers panel in Santa Barbara, admitted to feeling some anxiety about working in a strange medium away from his Pixar comfort zone. His cast is shaping up. In June, Disney announced the two leads: Wolverine stars Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins. Now they are adding supporting cast: Dominic Cooper West (300, The Wire), Polly Walker (Rome) and Samantha Morton (Minority Report). I have high hopes for this one.

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  • Mark | August 25, 2009 10:04 AMReply

    Samantha Morton wasn't in A.I. Artificial Intelligence, perhaps you were thinking of Minority Report?

  • Anne Thompson | August 24, 2009 8:13 AMReply

    yes, thanks, fixed: I got his credits right--brain glitch.

  • dayglo | August 24, 2009 8:03 AMReply

    Isn't it Dominic West.

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