John Carter of Mars Rockets Forward

Director Andrew Stanton (“WALL-E”) tells Sci-Fi Wire that Disney’s adaptation of sci-fi pulp classic “John Carter of Mars” is moving forward.

“[I’m] deep into it. I’m on my next draft of it. We’re in preproduction art-wise, and we’re starting to talk to actors. So it’s full bore” he said during the Los Angeles Film Critics Association award ceremony on Monday.

Stanton also confirms the films are going to be live-action” “Yeah, I think that’s the only way. I mean, there are so many creatures and characters that half of it’s going to be CG whether you want it to be [or not], just to realize some of these images that are in the book. But it will feel real. The whole thing will feel very, very believable.”

He adds that he’s aiming for a two-hour film – “You don’t want it more than 120 [minutes], because it only grows, those films.” He also adds this is not a Pixar film – “It’s not being done by the Pixar crew. It’s being done by Disney, and I’m sort of being loaned out. We’re sort of using any element that we need to to make the film right. We’re not being purist with Pixar, but Pixar’s a brand that you have to trust that’s for all ages. This story of John Carter is not going to be an all-ages film.”

The Edgar Rice Burroughs books first began with 1911’s “A Princess of Mars”.