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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.

11 comments
CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I saw the title and hope sprang up again, quickly returning to its hibernation. Waiting on Pern, too.

sboverie
sboverie

I read Edgar Rice Burroughs too late in life, these are good juvenile stories but most of the plots were formulaic. It is nearly always boy meets girl, girl hates boy, girl gets kidnapped, boy searches and rescues girl followed by girl falls in love with boy and boy gets power, respect and riches. The best book in the Barsoom series was "John Carter of Mars". I hope the movie is interesting and fun to watch.

GSG
GSG

I'd love to see a good rendition of the Pern series. My favorite was "The White Dragon". Unfortunately, there's been some bad and/or sloppy CG done out there, and they need to do it up right. Matrix 2 and 3 come to mind as examples of bad CG. Neo looked like a cartoon in several scenes.

Robiisan
Robiisan

Someone, anyone, please start negotiating with Anne and Todd McCaffrey for the rights! Read ERB way too many years ago - late teens and early twenties - when I was introduced to him. I'm looking forward to the movie. Hope they do a bang-up job of it without too many Hollywood adjustments. Anyone interested in seeing the E.E. "Doc" Smith Lensman books brought to the big screen in other than Anime?

Ed Woychowsky
Ed Woychowsky

You've restored my faith in the human race. I've been tell people at work about this movie, most of them replied, "Edgar who?" Kids!

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Has 'Lensmen' been done in anime? "Two thousand million or so years ago, two galaxies were colliding." When that's your opening sentence, everything else is anticlimactic. :D

seanferd
seanferd

Edgar Racist Burroughs, of course. Amusing stories, though. Love it when Carter gets trapped in the chamber that only opens once a year, with the planet's rotation. Oh, and the endless use of 'sward (greensward) for "lawn".

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