Science Fiction lovers rejoice! Edgar Rice Burroughs’, “A Princess of Mars”, is being adapted for a theatrical release by Walt Disney studios and is slated for a 2012 release. Simply titled “John Carter”, this big budget adaption of the pulp classic looks amazing based off of this recently released trailer:
Now, this version should not be confused with the 2009 direct to dvd release “Princess of Mars” by independent film studio The Asylum. That titled tried to modernize the tale, casting John Carter as an army sniper in Afghanistan and making numerous other changes to the plot and locations throughout the film. This was all in an attempt, I believe, to cash in on the money machine that was Avatar.
I won’t go into too much detail on the plot of the original story, but suffice to say it is an excellent and enjoyable read. Burroughs was one of the masters of pulp action and “A Princess of Mars” embodies the genre very well. If you have not read the tale yet then do so now. If you have already read it then read it again in anticipation of the new movie.