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Disney/Pixar on mission for 'Mars' rights

17 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Disney/Pixar is in final negotiations to acquire the film rights to Edgar Rice Burroughs' novels known collectively as the John Carter of Mars series.

The 11-volume series began with the story titled A Princess of Mars, published serially in All-Story magazine in 1912 and in novel form in 1916. Burroughs wrote it in longhand, and the original manuscript lies in a vault at a Bank of America in Tarzana, Calif., the town that takes its name from Burroughs' more famous creation, Tarzan.

The series told of a Civil War officer named John Carter who is transported to Mars and finds himself a captive of the savage green men from Thark. Carter eventually rises to become a great warrior, marries a princess, raises a family and embarks on numerous adventures.

Disney had the rights to the series through most of the 1990s, when Jeffrey Katzenberg wanted to adapt it as an animated feature. At one point, the project morphed into live action, and John McTiernan was involved as a director. »

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