Coming Soon reported on Friday, September 11 that Disney has set the release dates for “Pirates of the Caribbean IV: On Stranger Tides” and “John Carter of Mars”.
Johnny Depp’s next installment as Captain Jack Sparrow will come out in the summer of 2011.
The first full live-action adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic novel A Princess of Mars (first published in 1912) will be released in the summer of 2012. That’s 100 years after the book came out.
I hope they don’t do the rest of the John Carter franchise on the same time schedule in which ERB published the books. Peter Jackson’s grandchildren will have released their versions of “The Lord of the Rings”, “The Hobbit”, and “Mr. Bliss” by then.
The Hollywood Reporter did provide some casting information for “John Carter of Mars” a few weeks ago while I had my back turned (sorry — real life keeps me busy):
English actors Samantha Morton, Dominic West and Polly Walker have joined “John Carter of Mars,” Disney’s adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs book series that Andrew Stanton is directing.
IMDB still doesn’t have much information to add. Dominic West will play Sab Than, who in the book is a prince of the city of Zodanga. Sab is a sap who tries to steal Dejah Thoris away from John Carter. Hey, don’t come between a hero and the love of his life!
Taylor Kitsch plays the immortal John Carter and Lynn Collins plays the incomparable Dejah Thoris. Polly Walker plays Sarkoja, the evil “green woman” who betrayed Tars Tarkas’ love to their cruel Jeddak (king/emperor) and raised his daughter Sola as a slave. When Sola revealed her story to Carter, he told Tarkas what was going on. After a few choice words between Tarkas and Sarkoja, she took off and was never heard from again. Probably she fled for the Valley of Dor and there died at the hands of a Barsoomian Plant Man or maybe a Banth or White Ape.
Willem Dafoe plays Tars Tarkas, who eventually (in the books) becomes the Jeddak of all the Green Men of Mars.