If you're not familiar with the name John Carter, you'll learn soon enough. The titular hero of the classic novel series 'John Carter of Mars' by Edgar Rice Burroughs, has influenced generations of sci-fi fans, artists and filmmakers, and next year he is finally coming to the big screen in 'John Carter'. In the movie, the war-weary former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is inexplicably transported to Mars, where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions among the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating princess Dejah Thoras (Lynn Collins).

Moviefone was lucky enough to hit Barsoom studios near San Francisco to get a peek at some of the footage. While there, we got to chat with producer Jim Morris and director Andrew Stanton (the writer and director of 'WALL-E'), and learn a few things about the upcoming sci-fi blockbuster.