Up until now I was unaware of this project, as best I can recall. However, while browsing the Web I came across this article about Traci Lords appearing in a new adaptation of “A Princess of Mars”.
A studio called The Asylum is releasing a direct-to-DvD adaptation of “A Princess of Mars” in December. Traci Lords stars as Dejah Thoris. Antonio Sabàto, Jr stars as John Carter. Based on the production stills I see on the site, I would say this is not a movie for ERB purists. However, I don’t want to take anything away from Lords and Sabato.
The director and screenwriter credits are given to Mark Atkins, who apparently has other ERB-inspired work in mind (“The Land That Time Forgot” being mentioned in his profile on IMDB).
A Princess Of Mars was published in 1912 and is therefore a public domain property. So it should not be surprising that a small-budget studio is seeking to capitalize on interest in the Disney/Pixar studios production (if, in fact, they are trying to ride the coat-tails of the big-budget production).
I found a couple of people have written about the Direct-to-DvD “Princess of Mars” over the past couple of months so here are some links:
If I find out anything else, I’ll be sure to post it here but, frankly, I doubt this 90-minute movie will make much of a buzz.