Is The "Fix-Up" The Best Kind Of Science Fiction Novel There Is?

Everybody knows that short stories are where science fiction writers really get to experiment, and the most perfect pieces of narrative often happen at shorter lengths. But we also love to explore a world at the length of a whole book. So that makes the "fix-up" the best of both worlds, right? » 3/10/15 1:30pm 3/10/15 1:30pm

John Carter Of Mars Rights Revert Back to Edgar Rice Burroughs

Disney's rights to the John Carter series of stories have reverted back to Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. But does anyone want to buy it? » 10/21/14 2:00pm 10/21/14 2:00pm

The John Carter Sequel We're Never Getting Would've Been "Awesome"

Just in case you're forgotten how sad it is that Disney's first John Carter movie bombed — thanks to a horrific ad campaign more than any fault of the movie's own — star Taylor Kitsch told Variety "the second script was fucking awesome." Sigh. » 5/28/14 11:50am 5/28/14 11:50am

Is there a formula for what makes a movie flop?

We've all seen movies bomb, but what makes them a flop? Do we just know one when we see it, or is there a way to codify what makes a movie bomb, and by how much. » 2/05/14 4:20pm 2/05/14 4:20pm

Which alien civilization would you most like to rule over?

One thing we know about alien civilizations: they sure love having humans (and half humans) in charge. Star Trek's Romulans followed Tasha Yar's daughter and Picard's clone at various times. A few of Doctor Who's companions wound up ruling alien worlds. But which alien civilization would you like to become the leader… » 11/07/13 2:00pm 11/07/13 2:00pm

Frank Frazetta Like You've Never Seen Him Before!

Most of us are pretty familiar with the art of Frank Frazetta: his amazing Edgar Rice Burroughs illustrations. His original creation, the Death Dealer. And so much else. But you haven't really learned the story of Frank Frazetta, unless you've read a brand new book, Frank Frazetta: Art and Remembrances. » 10/28/13 11:02am 10/28/13 11:02am

Watch four minutes of John Carter as he goes gladiator on giant Martian…

Disney has posted an extended scene from John Carter that puts us right in the alien-fighting action. John and Tars Tarkas have been thrown into a Martian colosseum, where they take on the infamous White Apes of Barsoom. And, even in chains, John Carter has more than a few monster battling tricks up his non-existant… » 2/25/12 8:00am 2/25/12 8:00am

Watch Disney's new featurette, "John Carter For Dummies"

Still having a hard time getting a handle on this whole half-naked Mars movie starring Taylor Kitsch and green Avatar people? No problem. Disney has literally spelled out the entire plot of its "planetary romance" John Carter, for everybody who's struggling with the concept. » 2/02/12 1:35pm 2/02/12 1:35pm

Watch Kerry Conran's video pitch for the John Carter of Mars movie that…

Last week we discovered all about Disney's various John Carter movies that died out in development hell. Now take a look at the video pitch from Kerry Conran, director the visually handsome but sadly hollow movie Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. » 1/16/12 2:08pm 1/16/12 2:08pm

John Carter concept art transports you to the magnificent Barsoom

One of the main stars of Disney's John Carter is the land of Barsoom, the fantasy version of Mars from Edgar Rice Burroughs' famous novels. Director Andrew Stanton brought this amazing world to life using Utah and a lot of greenscreen — but it also took a lot of visualization. » 12/23/11 7:00am 12/23/11 7:00am

Your first look at Woola and Tars Tarkas from John Carter

Six new photos of the upcoming Martian epic John Carter have recently hit the web. They're not huge (and about a third of them involve Gambit idly staring at stuff, didn't know Edgar Rice Burroughs invented the character, Marvel must have picked him up in public domain) but they do offer glimpses of Carter's loyal pet… » 11/26/11 1:50pm 11/26/11 1:50pm

John Carter releases the first image of its Martian beast, the White…

Here's your first look at the great white ape from Andrew Stanton's movie adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars book series. Take a closer look at our leather-clad hero Taylor Kitsch as he fights the Martian beast! » 11/23/11 12:01pm 11/23/11 12:01pm

New John Carter footage shows off Martian super-leaping and gigantic,…

John Carter director and Pixar stalwart was on hand today to introduce some new sneak peek footage from his upcoming adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Barsoom books about a broken Civil War veteran who becomes Mars's greatest warrior. Spoilers ahead! » 8/20/11 2:40pm 8/20/11 2:40pm

Why Jon Favreau is glad he's not directing John Carter

Long ago, Cowboys & Aliens director Jon Favreau was slated to direct his own John Carter of Mars movie adaptation. Alas, the project was damned to development purgatory. » 7/27/11 7:00am 7/27/11 7:00am

50 glorious screencaps from John Carter offer your first real look at…

You've seen the amazing trailer for John Carter — now let's pick apart this alien world, image by image. Stare into the eyes of the green alien beasts from Mars, meet the people of Barsoom and behold the teenaged Edgar Rice Burroughs! » 7/14/11 12:15pm 7/14/11 12:15pm

John Carter trailer rips you open with the sword of Martian awesomeness

Here it is: the first trailer for Andrew Stanton's huge adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Martian epic, featuring John Carter of Mars. It's chock full of swordplay, heroic destiny, cool-looking ships, and insane Martian vistas. Can we wait? We cannot. » 7/14/11 8:46am 7/14/11 8:46am

Everything You Need to Know about Disney's John Carter Movie

Can Wall-E director Andrew Stanton capture the pulpy greatness of Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars, in his first live-action movie? We've been keeping all our appendages crossed. Here's the first inside scoop on Stanton's John Carter movie — including a first ever shot of the alien Tharks! » 7/11/11 8:46am 7/11/11 8:46am

First Concept Art from John Carter takes you to Mars

Disney has released the first look at the savage world of Barsoom, from Andrew Stanton's live-action adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic novel John Carter of Mars. Plus the director shared how much he's had to change from the book. » 6/16/11 1:48pm 6/16/11 1:48pm

First poster for Disney's John Carter (of Mars)

Taylor Kitsch is giving his best over-the-shoulder John Carter in the first-ever poster from Andrew Stanton's John Carter of Mars movie adaptation (now just titled John Carter). Look closely — you can see some pulpy bare-chested leather chest thong action! » 6/15/11 10:00am 6/15/11 10:00am

Bad Ideas: Disney changes "John Carter of Mars" to just "John Carter"

For reasons unknown to us, Disney has decided to change Andrew Stanton's much-hyped, live action adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic novels John Carter of Mars, to simply, John Carter. » 5/23/11 3:52pm 5/23/11 3:52pm