I haven’t talked much about this one, but I’m mildly curious about the upcoming adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ pulp character from his “Barsoom” series.
If your only knowledge of Burroughs comes from his better-known “Tarzan,” here’s a quick thumbnail:
“Barsoom is a fictional representation of the planet Mars created by American pulp fiction author Edgar Rice Burroughs, who wrote close to 100 action adventure stories in various genres in the first half of the 20th century, and is now best known as the creator of the character Tarzan. The first Barsoom tale was serialized as Under the Moons of Mars in 1912, and published as a novel as A Princess of Mars in 1917. Ten sequels followed over the next three decades, further extending his vision of Barsoom and adding other characters.
The world of Barsoom is a romantic vision of a dying Mars, based on now-outdated scientific ideas made popular by Astronomer Percival Lowell in the early 20th century. While depicting many outlandish inventions, and advanced technology, it is a savage world, of honor, noble sacrifice and constant struggle, where martial prowess is paramount, and where many races fight over dwindling resources. It is filled with lost cities, heroic adventures and forgotten ancient secrets.
The series has inspired a number of well known science fiction writers in the 20th century, and also key scientists involved in both space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial life. It has informed and been adapted by many writers, in novels, short stories, television and film.”
I first became acquainted with the character through the 1970s Marvel comic book series “John Carter, Warlord of Mars.” The film version, with Taylor Kitsch (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) starring as John Carter, hits theaters next March.
From SpoilerTv, here’s the latest set photos: