Pixar Planning Three Mars Pics

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ERBZine reports that pre-production is heating up on Disney/Pixar’s John Carter of Mars movie, based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs sci-fi series.

“The Pixar creative team spent Tuesday morning exploring the massive Edgar Rice Burroughs archives in the ERB, Inc. offices on Ventura Blvd. Pixar’s Jim Morris (vp), Andrew Stanton (director), Mark Andrews (script) discussed the ‘John Carter of Mars’ film project with Burroughs representatives, Danton Burroughs, Sandra Galfas and Jim Sullos,” says the site.

The site adds, “All six members at the meeting expressed a deep commitment to the project, acknowledging that they had been inspired by Burroughs’ creations from a very early age. This is evidenced in the excitement held for the John Carter property and the plans for a film trilogy faithful to the Burroughs books.”

The projected release year for the first film is 2012.

The film begins with a Civil War veteran whose retreat into a cave to avoid capture by Apache Indians takes an otherworldly turn as he’s transported via time portal to the planet of Barsoom and taken prisoner by 12-foot-tall green men.

Burroughs wrote 11 volumes of Carter’s adventures and Disney is hoping the film will launch a franchise.

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