Andrew Stanton, the director of Pixar's WALL-E, Finding Nemo and A Bug's Life, is getting out of the animation studio and working on his first live-action movie, the upcoming John Carter of Mars. And he's taking his job seriously. Almost too seriously.
When asked about the look of the movie, he told MTV, "I really tried to make it its own thing. I really tried to make a very historically accurate Martian film, if that makes sense."
Hmmmm ... we guess, in a way, it does. John Carter of Mars, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic novel, A Princess of Mars, was written in 1917 and set in 1866. The novel has limited technology (although an atmosphere processing plant is a key plot point), but it plays with science (John walks in leaps and bounds, thanks to Mars' low gravity) and the mores of Burroughs' day (Princess Dejah Thoris is naked throughout the book). So if Stanton wants to pull off "historically accurate," he'll keep those details in mind.
Although the cast of John Carter of Mars has packed up and gone home, Stanton isn't in post-production; he's in a stage called "principal digital photography," which will continue for all of 2011. The release date is currently set for March 2012.
Stanton was unsure if it would appear in 3-D, but there's no mistaking his enthusiasm for John Carter of Mars: "When you've made animated movies your whole life, it was pretty exciting to be outside for a day, let alone for months."
Watch MTV's full interview with Stanton below.
You can also read the novel A Princess of Mars at Project Gutenberg.