The “John Carter” That Might Have Been

Several years before the film began production, “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” creator and director Kerry Conran was attached to take the helm of a film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s beloved science fiction series “John Carter of Mars” at Paramount Pictures.

Conrad’s version didn’t come together and the film ended up at Disney where Andrew Stanton took the helm and delivered the Taylor Kitsch-led version which sadly became one Hollywood’s most famous big budget bombs of modern times.

Today, AICN’s Harry Knowles has posted a high-res version of the presentation reel for Conran’s original vision of the story. The clip, which has previously only been available in blurry low-res, shows off some stunning artwork along with test footage of some fighting.