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Disney Returns to Mars

Published January 17, 2007 in Movie News
By Bassam Tarazi | Image property of respective holders, Variety.
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Something tells me that when Disney/Pixar want something, they get it. Recently it seems as if the studio will stop at no cost to acquire the rights to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novels which is a series called John Carter of Mars.

Disney Acquires John Carter of Mars


Burroughs doesn’t have much clout except for the fact that he created Tarzan. Back in 1916, Bill Gates was just a boy and he had yet to help the world out with the ditching of a pen when it came to writing just yet so Burroughs wrote the first story, “A Princess of Mars” longhand. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, ‘longhand’ that means that he wrote it BY hand, with a pencil. The original manuscript hunkers down in a vault at the good ‘ol B of A in Tarzana, CA (yes, the town is named after Tarzan).

It’s not that Disney doesn’t have enough fictional stories to come up with, it’s just that they don’t have too many concerning a Civil War officer who is shipped off to Mars to find himself a slave of the Thark only to become a legendary general who marries a princess.



After having the rights to the story during the 90’s, Disney apparently gave those up to Paramount Pictures who had about as much success making this film as Rosie O’Donnell has staying seated at a buffet.

Disney/Pixar picked it back up a month ago but they still don’t know if they want to make it a live action movie or an animated feature. You’d think that after almost 100 years of being able to think about it, someone would haven figured out how to make this into a movie…somehow.

Stay tuned for updates.


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