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Disney/Pixar Reported Seeking "John Carter of Mars" Rights

by on January 17, 2007

The Hollywood Reporter is stating that Disney/Pixar is in active negotiations for the film rights to the John Carter of Mars series of novels. Written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of Tarzan, the series centers on a Civil War officer transported to the savage landscape of Mars. The Burroughs estate claimed that the rights were for a live-action summer tentpole franchise of movies, but The Hollywood Reporter cites unnamed sources at Disney that claim that an animated adaptation is intended.

The franchise has had a long and troubled history in Hollywood, with Disney holding the rights for most of the 1990s, only to lose them to Paramount in 2002. A string of high-powered directors have been attached to John Carter live-action movies, including John McTiernan (Die Hard), Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), Kerry Conrad (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow), and Jon Favreau (Elf, the upcoming live-action Iron Man).

(via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat)

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