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Coming in 2012: a long-awaited film adaptation of a sci-fi adventure story

Geekend contributor Edmond Woychowsky has marked his calendar for March 9, 2012. Read about the film adaptation of a sci-fi novel released 95 years ago.

Let's play a little game of word association, I'll write a word and you try to guess what book is being made into a movie. If you're not interested in playing, you can cheat by watching the trailer.

Okay, here we go: Thark.

Need another hint? Thoat.

No luck? How about Banth?

If you haven't gotten the hint, here is a word that may just give it away: Barsoom.

Yes, 100 years after it was serialized as Under the Moons of Mars, and 95 years after it was originally published in a single volume, Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars is coming to the silver screen. Those of you who dreamed of adventuring beneath the hurtling moons will finally get a glimpse of a world of unimaginable beauty and terror. And those of you who just love a good old-fashioned adventure will also get a glimpse into that world.

This is the story of John Carter, a war weary Confederate veteran of America's Civil War who finds himself on another planet, Mars. However, John Carter's Mars, called Barsoom by the indigenous people, is not the dead or nearly dead world Mars that NASA has shown us. Barsoom is dying, but it is also rich with life and adventure.

Barsoom is a world of grand cities, air ships, canals, vast deserts, thin air, and low gravity. It is also a world of creatures beyond belief, including Thoats, Banths, and Great White Apes, and people, such as Tars Tarkas and Dejah Thoris.

The film John Carter is directed by Andrew Stanton (WALL-E), who co-wrote the film with Michael Chabon, and stars Taylor Kitsch as John Carter, Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris, and Willem Dafoe as Tars Tarkas. The soundtrack is by Michael Giacchino, who also did the soundtrack to 2009's Star Trek, which means that in addition to buying a theater ticket, I'll be buying the CD as well.

On March 9th 2012, Barsoom awaits.

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