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John Carter of Mars' Stars, James Bond's Writers

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 11, 2009 at 6:15AM

Pixar writer-director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) is moving forward at Disney with his live-action debut John Carter of Mars, which he adapted from the Edgar Rice Burroughs Martian novels. The materials I've seen on James Cameron's Avatar remind me of this alternate world set on another planet. And in both stories, an American visits this faraway place full of strange creatures.
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Pixar writer-director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) is moving forward at Disney with his live-action debut John Carter of Mars, which he adapted from the Edgar Rice Burroughs Martian novels. The materials I've seen on James Cameron's Avatar remind me of this alternate world set on another planet. And in both stories, an American visits this faraway place full of strange creatures.

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Stanton's a terrific writer-director, but at my February writers panel in Santa Barbara, admitted to some anxiety about working in a strange medium away from his Pixar comfort zone. He has found his two leads in Wolverine stars Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins. The movie starts at the first of the year. It's about Civil War hero John Carter (Kitsch) who goes to Mars and meets a princess (Collins). Mark Andrews wrote with Stanton.

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We all knew that Daniel Craig was returning for the next James Bond installment set for 2011. Now the producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have hired the writers, adding The Queen's Peter Morgan to the duo who wrote the last two Bonds, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.