Andrew Stanton Talks about 'John Carter from Mars'!

by Joey Paur

Andrew Stanton is the writer and director of the upcoming Pixar film Wall-E which we are all so excited to see! News also hit the web not to long ago that Andrew Stanton was going to write and direct the film 'John Carter from Mars' which was great news! Especially to hear that is is finally going to get made. Andrew recently had an Interview with Capone over at Aint it Cool regarding Wall-E which is great and you can read it here. I just want to take this time to focus on what was said when Capone brought up 'John Carter from Mars'. What you are about to read is very encouraging. Here it is:

Capone: Are you planning to make this JOHN CARTER OF MARS your next film?

AS: That's the movie I'm doing!

Capone: That's what I thought, but that film has changed hands so much...

AS: I know, and I'm hoping I'm not on that list. We want to make these shirts that say, "Break the curse." I have been a fan of those books since I was 10, and I've watched vicariously from the sidelines as it has gone from studio to studio since I was in college in the '80s. And just as fan, wanting to see it be made, and praying to God it would be done right. I thought it was truly going to get done by Jon Favreau, and the minute it fell apart, I couldn't believe it. And the timing was just right with my schedule, and I said, "I don't know, this is crazy but I'm going to see if we can get it." And here we are. Believe me, if it doesn't fall apart for other reasons, I'm going to do it right, because I have been a huge fan of those books.

Capone: When does that really get going for you?

AS: Mark Andrews and I are writing it together; he was the head of story on RATATOUILLE and THE INCREDIBLES. I like to say I'm a little big country, he's a little bit rock and roll. We make a great combo together, and we're just spending this year writing. We've learned from the Pixar methodology: don't get distracted about how and all these things everybody else wants to ask; just make a great story and everything else wants to fall into place. So all the other specifics we aren't even going to decide upon until next year, once we have a script that we think is worth making.

Capone: Does that include whether the film is animated or live action?

AS: That's what we don't want to decide until next year. And believe me, we're not going say, "Oh, it's a Pixar film, so it's got to be G-rated." We're going to do what's right for the movie and then we'll find the right way to distribute it.

Capone: I'm very excited to see how that comes together.

AS: I am too. [laughs]

Most people who are fans of the material will put everything they got into making the film right. Except for the guys that did Aliens Vs. Predator who claimed to be fans. As for the option of live action or animation, what ever they decide to go with is going to end up great, because if they feel that is they way they need to go, then that is the way the need to go to make this movie the best movie it can be! I support Andrew and the rest of the Pixar team 100% because they know that story is the #1 priority. After reading this Interview I am even more excited for this movie because I know they are going to do right.

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