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Old December 23 2009, 11:57 PM   #91
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Re: "John Carter of Mars" Moving Ahead!

Why is it every single bit of news I hear about this film gives me greater confidence for it?

That usually doesn't happen. Can I please get a bad bit of casting or a churlish interview or give George Lucas an advisory job or something, because until then I cannot believe this project is real.

Though seriously, that is precisely the attitude to take. As I said in the Avatar thread, Sam Raimi's Warcraft had better also be taking note - hell, any sci-fi/fantasy film with a degree of spectacle that's in any stage of production should take stock of what Avatar did. That includes the next Star Trek, naturally.
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Old December 24 2009, 03:36 AM   #92
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Well, it's also unfortunate that a site mostly devoted to sci-fi, beyond not knowing that Pixar's humans are about as far from the uncanny valley as one can get, intentionally, also thinks that Matai Shang is "ruler over the Fern people," rather than the ruler of the Therns, the white religious idols and manipulators guarding the river Iss; the author makes them sound like Ewoks ...

Still, I tend to side with the actor, who could reasonably have some insight into the reactions of the Pixar producers of the film in which he is cast to the advent of Avatar and its influence on their industry and their future plans.
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Old December 24 2009, 03:48 AM   #93
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After looking at more images of Lynn Collins, I rescind whatever narrow-minded comments I might have previously made about her casting as Dejah Thoris. She does indeed have an exotic/louche quality that I think is perfectly appropriate to the role. Like so. And furthermore.

On IMDB, Edgar Rice Burroughs is now listed as a character in the film. Played by some kid from Torrance? Just what the frak is going on?

However, James Purfoy has now joined the cast? The movie is now an automatic hit. I'm getting dizzy from all the whiplash.

Seriously, folks. I hope this flick is a big fat hit (though I'm starting to get a dislocated sense of underlying chaos that makes me think more along the lines of train wreck) because my real agenda is to get Carson of Venus, my favorite ERB series, to finally hit the big screen. If John Carter flops, Carson has no hope.
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Old December 24 2009, 04:18 AM   #94
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In the books "ERB" always seems to be the guy who hears the stories left by his friends, relations and acquaintances.
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Old December 24 2009, 04:34 AM   #95
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In fact, I'm holding The Gods of Mars in my hands now, and the foreward ends with
There is much which I have left out; much which I have not dared to tell; but you will find the story of his second search for Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, even more remarkable than was his first manuscript which I gave to an unbelieving world a short time since and through which we followed the fighting Virginian across dead sea bottoms under the moons of Mars. - E.R.B.
Burroughs was clearly the autobiographical 'great-nephew' of John Carter, to whom Carter related his tales of Barsoom; he's an original part of the tales themselves, so I'm pretty happy to see they've kept even that connection, rather than rewriting it all. It seems to me that they're trying very hard to remain true not only to the spirit of the novels, but also to many of the details - better than that travesty that Spielberg made of [The] War of the Worlds
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Old December 24 2009, 04:47 AM   #96
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Years ago (okay decades ) a friend and I plotted an epic series of novels that went from the Earth's core to Africa to Mars and Venus. One of the main characters was a guy named Edgar Rice Burroughs. I think we made a stop on the Moon too.
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Old April 11 2011, 03:06 AM   #97
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I know htis is thread-necromancy, but Disney now says the relase date for this is 9 March 2012. Less than a year, folks!

Am hoping the Del Rey re-issues their paperback editions of the books, ideally with the Michael Whelan covers from the late '70s. Would also love to see them re-issue John Flint Roy's A Guide to Barsoom.
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Old April 11 2011, 03:11 AM   #98
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Any new reprints would probably have movie stills with NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE on the front, sadly
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Old April 11 2011, 03:15 AM   #99
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Any new reprints would probably have movie stills with NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE on the front, sadly
You're probably right, but a guy can dream, can't he?

On the plus side, we might get a really spiffy batch of action figures out of this.
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Old April 11 2011, 05:27 AM   #100
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Go to Powell's Books in Portland if you want them in paperback. B&N has a collected edition of the first three.

It really is time for more figures. The only ones I ever owned were a fixed-pose John and Dejah, ooh, and an awesome Mighty Max.
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Old April 11 2011, 05:36 AM   #101
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[QUOTE=JRoss;4877052]Go to Powell's Books in Portland if you want them in paperback. B&N has a collected edition of the first three.
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Got those, but would really like to have the whole series in the same edition, like the old Ballantine/Del rey set.

It really is time for more figures. The only ones I ever owned were a fixed-pose John and Dejah, ooh, and an awesome Mighty Max.
Didn't even know those existed.
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Old April 11 2011, 09:23 AM   #102
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SFBC has a nice hardcover set of all the stories.
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Old April 11 2011, 04:03 PM   #103
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SFBC has a nice hardcover set of all the stories.
That's where I got most of mine, back in the '70s. Beautiful Frazetta dustcovers and interior illustrations...
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Old April 11 2011, 04:51 PM   #104
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the frazetta covers are the most awesome covers for this series as well as his conan art work . now any idea on who the cast is ?
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Old April 11 2011, 08:37 PM   #105
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Go to Powell's Books in Portland if you want them in paperback. B&N has a collected edition of the first three.
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Got those, but would really like to have the whole series in the same edition, like the old Ballantine/Del rey set.

It really is time for more figures. The only ones I ever owned were a fixed-pose John and Dejah, ooh, and an awesome Mighty Max.
Didn't even know those existed.
Only place I ever saw them was a King Super's in Pueblo, CO.
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