Sky Captain Movie Director Mentions Next Project

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In a recent interview with SciFi Wire, 'Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow' director Kerry Conran mentioned that his next project is a proposed film based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel 'A Princess of Mars'.  Conran mentioned in an interview:

I think Burroughs was sort of the father of the pulps, or at least one of them.  If you read the whole John Carter series, in particular A Princess of Mars, you can see a lot of what came from it.

'A Princess of Mars' is based on the 11 book epic series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, entitled 'John Carter of Mars'.  The series focuses on an American Civil War veteran who is mysteriously transported to Mars.  Conran got on board with the project after Robert Rodriguez, the original director, has to step down as he resigned from the Directors Guild of America over a dispute about his upcoming film, 'Sin City'.

Conran added that 'The Princess of Mars' and the entire 'John Carter of Mars' series has, in his eyes, had a definite influence over modern literature.

I think George Lucas was certainly inspired by that story for Star Wars.  And I think [J.R.R.] Tolkein, to some extent, was inspired by that for Lord of the Rings. You can see the references in there. So there's a little bit of everything in the story. The ingredients and the world that Burroughs created is pretty rich. What intrigues me as fun is [that] the scale is almost unimaginable. Just the complexity that's involved in trying to bring this to screen is enormous. So from that challenge and just building this very classic story from it, it's very appealing. It sounds like a lot of fun.

A 'Princess of Mars' is scheduled to be released in 2006 although there is no set date at this time.

I must say I am an avid reader and have never heard of this epic series of stories.  I do plan, however, on taking a look at them and perhaps picking them up.  I've always been a fan of long stories and I like sci-fi so it might just be the ticket!  We'll see how well Conran does of translating the book to the big screen.

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