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.
That said, you will *want* to wait three years, because the alternative in question is a preemptive cash-grab from mockbuster extraordinaire's the Asylum. That's right, the studio who confusingly stock the shelves of Best Buy with titles like Transmorphers and Snakes on a Train are accomplishing in 2009 that which has only been attempted since 1912. Princess of Mars will star Antonio Sabato Jr. and Traci Lords and is such a well meaning production that it doesn't even have an IMDb page, just a product slot on the Asylum's website.
Unlike most Asylum titles, however, this isn't just a simple name grab. Since the eleven part series is in the public domain, Princess of Mars will be joining Disney/Pixar's John Carter of Mars as an actual adaptation from Edgar Rice Burroughs' original source material. I've never read the works myself so, please, correct me if I'm wrong, but I have a hard time believing anyone other than the bean counters at the Asylum thinks that is a good thing.
Via Dread Central.