Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Pixar to Make John Carter

I'm late with this but: it's official, Pixar is making John Carter of Mars, which is an adaption of the the Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel Princess of Mars see here. Kind of a nice simpatico with my earlier Favorite Martians post.

I think the Pixar animators can do a great job but I'm also worried that the rights to John Carter, an out of copyright character, will be locked up by Disney, just like Tarzan was.



Dr. Zaius said...

Yay! I love Edgar Rice Burroughs' "John Carter of Mars"! Some studio was talking about doing it in stop motion about 20 or so years ago, but nothing ever came of it.

Arkonbey said...

Oh, man. Wow. That would either be good or sucky. I don't know about cg animation for this. It works with cartoony characters, but Final Fantasy...

Plus there were wonderful gobs of nudity in that. Oh, Dejah!

Did Disney truly lock Tarzan? I mean can you re-copyright a work of art/concept?

Swinebread said...

Dr. Zaius – Really? I’d not heard of anybody but Disney doing that.

Arkonbey – That was some of my coworkers thought. Pixar will have to handle this with a lot of care or they’ll piss off a lot of people.
I’m sure the nudity will be gone.

Disiney has in a sense yes, because they’ll go after anybody else doing Tarzan because they’ll say that others are doing a version of Disney’s Tarzan. Almost nobody has the deep pockets to fight them. De facto, if not de jure rights to Tarzan. My understanding is that they are trying to do this with lots of public domain characters.

Doctor Smoke said...

mmmm. sounds pulpy good.

me likey pulpy good.