Pixar’s live action debut John Carter is already looking like one of the coolest, most exciting sci-fi films of 2012, channelling that sort of pulp adventure innocence last seen in A New Hope, and director Andrew Stanton (Wall-E, Finding Nemo) is already eying up films 2 and 3 in the series, which is based on the Mars stories of Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs.
“We bought the rights to the first three books when we first started,” Stanton told Bleeding Cool. “I thought, let’s set it off right because you never get time back. The worse case scenario is that you’ll plan for more but only make one. But what I’d hate is that you’d plan for one with no preparation for the others, because it’ll show. It’ll really bite you in the back end.
“I never expected anyone to say we’d definitely do more than one. It’s a huge risk for them… and It’s a huge chunk of change to make any of these movies, something this big. So it made complete sense to me, from their side of the fence, to wait until the movie’s out. So if the worst is that it was just a writing exercise for me to plan the others and then I never get to do them, I don’t think I’ll have any regrets. So we’ve been planning out all three all along, just on the chance that they do go ahead.
“My fan wish is that we’ll go to all eleven stories and make more.”