Edgar Rice Burroughs's sci-fi series Barsoom, perhaps better known as John Carter of Mars, has long been considered too big for the big screen. Filmmakers of all shapes and sizes have been trying to adapt the property for close to 100 years now, which must be some kind of record. In recent years the likes of Robert Rodriguez and Jon Favreau have all lined up for a shot at the epic adventure series, but all have found the prospect of an American Civil War veteran mysteriously transported to Mars too daunting a tale to tackle.

Disney's not flinching, though. They're throwing a silo full of money at Wall*E director Andrew Stanton to make John Carter of Mars the first ever live-action Pixar film. Set for release in 2012 (the centennial of the seminal planetary romance series), Stanton's adaptation will find Spider-Man 2 screenwriter Michael Chabon behind the typewriter and Taylor Kitsch (Wolverine's Gamit) in front of the screen as the titular star. But now, thanks to entrepreneurial spirit and a copyright that expired decades ago, one no longer must wait three years to see a Confederate soldier fighting in another civil war on the red planet.
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