When it comes to literary heroes, I would have to consider the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs. As an English major I’ve been exposed to quite a bit of his work in small pieces, but I will say that the Tarzan series and Barsoom series are his best works. Everyone basically knows the story of Tarzan, so there is no need to go into extensive detail. However, the Barsoom series are a collection of up to 100 adventure stories based on Barsoom, a fictional depiction of the planet Mars. I haven’t had the chance to immerse myself in all things Barsoom, but I have been slightly exposed to the epic adventure of John Carter of Mars.
John Carter of Mars is one of Burroughs’ stories I have only read excerpts from in previous English classes, but the writing was superb! Burroughs paid such attention to detail, which is why he is considered a classic American author. The story John Carter of Mars is the tale of former military captain John Carter and his epic adventures on the planet of Barsoom. The civil war soldier is mystery teleported to the planet of Barsoom and gets involved in the conflict amongst the aliens. The original written work has a lot of various themes in it, but the thing that makes it stand out the most is the exceptional descriptions Burroughs used to bring the planet to life.
Sometimes it’s hard to turn a novel into a good film, but it seems that director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo) has captured the essence of Barsoom and it’s inhabitants. The latest trailer for the film has been released and it shows us exactly what we can expect to see in the film adaption of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic story John Carter of Mars. The trailer for the film shows some costuming that is reminiscent of the horrible film adaption Prince of Persia, but with Andrew Stanton directing and the amazing cast (Taylor Kitsch, William Dafoe, Mark Strong), sets, vivid imagination, and editing, then this film is bound to be a big hit in 2012.
For those of us who enjoy sci-fi and fantasy literary inspired works, then John Carter is a film worth checking out when it releases on March 9, 2012. I’m personally stoked about seeing this film, and I was immediately in love with it when I saw the trailer during a round of previews at a movie I saw a few months ago. I’m a sucker for a film that has a sci-fi thrill, aliens in conflict, and an attractive hero that dishes out round houses and slashes his enemies with dangerous weapons. If the trailer is any indication of the direction in which this film is going, then I think this film will do justice to Burroughs’ work instead of ruining a classic piece of literature. I hope Hollywood, especially director Andrew Stanton, bring to life the vivid planet of Barsoom and the epic adventure of John Carter. *fingers crossed*
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