Carter Blanche: Martian Musings at the John Carter Premiere

from The Nerdist:

The critics have had their say. Starting today, you can weigh in on our Facebook page. But at the Los Angeles premiere, we got to ask some of the creative forces behind John Carter about reviving Edgar Rice Burroughs’ century-old pulp trip to Mars. “When you’re talking about Middle Earth andLord of the Rings, do you worry that paleontology hasn’t turned up any elf skeletons in the Permian layer?” asked cowriter Michael Chabon, rhetorically. “It may not be the Mars you see when you look through a telescope, but it’s the Mars you see when you look in your heart.” (He also told us that the Kavalier and Clay movie isn’t happening, but he is in talks with HBO).

Likewise, composer Michael Giacchino did his best not to worry about how sound or native music might be generated on our planetary neighbor, saying, “It doesn’t even matter what planet they’re on or if they’re a rat or on the Enterprise out in space – you go for the character and the emotions that the people carry.” Star Taylor Kitsch did his best to prepare with as much reality as could be found in the story of a Confederate soldier in space, citing, “months and months and months of immersing myself in the Civil War and, of course, the aesthetic part of it, which was just this silly, strict diet.”

The masive-budget, sword-and-sandal-and-spaceship epic is directed by Andrew Stanton, best known for…Wall-E andFinding Nemo? It’s not as big a stretch as you might think; Like Nemo’s dad, Carter has also lost a child, and like Wall-E, he finds himself the hero of a desert ravaged by environmental destruction. Also, says Stanton, “I never really left animation. There are more animated shots in John Carter than in Wall-E.”

John Carter opens today on our planet.



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