The LA Times’ Hero Complex blog has an interview up with Andrew Stanton about his first live-action film, John Carter (of Mars). The Pixar and Brain Trust veteran, who directed Finding Nemo and Wall-E, talks about adapting the classic books into a live-action movie, and with the interview are two pieces of concept art.
GB: This source material has such history and such a legacy, but all of that is lost on most people today. Youâ€™re not going to have a chance â€” at least not with the movie posters or television commercials â€” to really communicate the fact that this is the Rosetta stone for decades of off-world fantasies like â€œStar Warsâ€ and â€œAvatar.â€
AS: No, thatâ€™s true, but I donâ€™t want to explain it. Hmm, how can I put it? The fact that I became infected with it as a kid and then sort of put it aside and then didnâ€™t read it again until I was in my 20s â€” at which point I had become more serious about following a career in film â€“ I was able to recognize the fact that [the book] was not as solid in the material as I had remembered. At the same time I put a lot of value on the fact that I had remembered it and that I couldnâ€™t ever stop thinking about it. The bones of it were strong, the sediment, the soil of it, was really fertile and ready to have built from it. I felt like the more history I delved into, too, informed my view of the material; that first book was really episodic chapters he did for a magazine and then put together in book form, so it really was like a serial with a cliffhanger on each chapter. It was more like putting train cars together instead of something with a grand design. I feel like looking for that grand design was the next logical step, the thing that maybe never got done by the original author. So then the question became: How do you find the one big conceit that has a beginning, middle and end instead of these little individual train cars of episodes.
You can read the entire interview at this link.