Andrew Stanton personally confirmed for me and others attending today's roundtable discussion in Toronto that he is currently writing the film version of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars
The disclosure came at the end of the short, but extremely enjoyable, discussion (excerpts of which will be published here soon), when a writer from Suite101.com asked about Stanton's next project, to which Stanton mentioned (not too loudly) 'John Carter of Mars
Doubting what I'm hearing, I interject, "What is that?
" "John Carter of Mars
, Stanton replies." "You're confirming
John Carter? Are you serious?
" At this point, I turn my tape recorder back on, "...say that on tape!",
I tell him. Stanton: "I am writing John Carter of Mars right now.
" "Oh man, you just doubled my page views!
", I say. Everybody laughs.
(I'm currently looking for a way to transfer the poor-quality audio from the microcassette tape into my computer, for uploading here.)
No details on the film just yet, but somehow the fact that Stanton is writing has quelled most of my doubts about the till-now rumoured project.