The story so far: Walt Disney Pictures is making John Carter of Mars, based on the series of pulp novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The film, rumored to be targeted for a 2012 release and based on the novel A Princess of Mars, is being directed by Pixar impresario Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E). It will be Stanton’s live-action feature debut. All this is very, very exciting. In fact, I did not think it could become more exciting. Now it has.
Author Michael Chabon, he of Wonder Boys and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay has disclosed that he has come on board to do some rewrites on the existing script by Stanton and Mark Andrews. Chabon, a champion of pulp of genre fiction, describes the opportunity as “a dream come true.”
Such good news. If tomorrow they announce that Brad Bird and Neil Gaiman are doing an adaptation of Sandman, my work on this planet will be done.