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More John Carter Of Mars Movies On The Way

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Good news for fans of the Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter Of Mars novels as the rights have reverted back from Disney and new movies will be made.

Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. announced they are seeking a new studio to continue the adventures of John Carter.

“John Carter of Mars was the creative stimulus behind such movie classics as Superman, Star Wars and Avatar,” James Sullos, President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.,  said in a statement. “Edgar Rice Burroughs was the Master of Adventure and his literary works continue to enjoy a world-wide following. We will be seeking a new partner to help develop new adventures on film as chronicled in the eleven Mars novels Burroughs wrote. This adventure never stops. Along with a new Tarzan film in development by Warner Bros., we hope to have John Carter of Mars become another major franchise to entertain world-wide audiences of all ages.”

Disney put out the 2012 John Carter movie that starred Taylor Kitsch, which was considered a bomb at the box office. Various reasons have been given why the movie performed so poorly ranging from a bad marketing campaign to a change in leadership at Disney that no longer cared for the movie.

I actually loved the movie and have seen it a bunch of times, so John Carter at another studio is welcome news. I wouldn’t mind seeing more from Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins and director Andrew Stanton, who did have sequels planned.

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Advanced Review: Lords of Mars #6 (of 6)

Arvid Nelson’s gripping Burroughs team-up of Tarzan and John Carter in Lords of Mars comes to its exciting conclusion Wednesday, and as a reader I have had an excellent time.

Nelson had a big job in bringing the characters together while staying true to the mythos of both, and he did so successfully. I never thought it would work, but the Ape Man did well in a sci-fi atmosphere. Makes me want to see it more, actually.

Issue #6 brings things to a close as the escapees, Carter and Tarzan, battle against Jagati Khen, the Holy Father of the Therns, Carter’s long-time enemies. Khen has a secret weapon capable of mass destruction, but his son has befriended the Lord of the Jungle on the Red Planet and is having second thoughts about his father’s warped schemes.

Will the two Lords of Mars be able to trip up the Therns, and what will that mean for Tarzan’s wife, Jane, also on Mars courtesy of the Therns? Will a little child lead them, or be caught in the aftermath of destruction?

Nelson’s vivid handling of these characters and their worlds makes me believe he can write anything and stay true to its voice. And Roberto Castro’s vivid visions of the Red Planet and the humanoids who do battle are enthralling. Facial expressions add to the story and the panel arrangement makes Nelson’s tale flow easily along.

More mini-series should be like this. A fun read!

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Exclusive Interview: Arvid Nelson Brings Two Lords Together Across A Pulp Universe For Dynamite Mini

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Having two “lords” in their publication stable wasn’t enough for the folks at Dynamite Entertainment, so in August the Lord of the Jungle and the Warlord of Mars, both created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, will be featured in a six-issue limited series, Lords of Mars, written by Arvid Nelson with art by Roberto Castro.

Interested in the unusual team-up, Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer exclusively met with Nelson in the only thatched hut with palm trees on the Red Planet and quizzed him about this dream meeting of heroes.

Cosmic Book News: Two great pulp heroes, Arvid. Where did the idea come from to team them up in a mini-series?

Arvid Nelson: It was the first thought I had when I started writing Lord of the Jungle! It started out as a crazy dream, but now it’s becoming reality, and I’m so thrilled. It’s funny – when I approached Nicky with the concept, he’d been thinking about exactly the same thing.

CBN: You have contributed story to both heroes’ books. How is it different blending the atmospheres of the jungle and the Red Planet?

Arvid Nelson: I found it’s an either-or proposition. Either Tarzan must go to Mars, or Carter must go to Earth. Any story that switched back and forth between the two felt phony and forced to me.

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CBN: OK, so let’s get the elephant out of the room: Does Carter come to Earth, does Tarzan go to Mars or is this indeed the kind of tale where the teamed duo really do not meet?

Arvid Nelson: The two will meet! I think it’s sort of unfair to sell a “crossover” and then never force the characters to meet. More than that I dare not say, because it would be a little bit of a spoiler. I’ll just say “yes” – one of the two scenarios you mentioned does indeed happen.

CBN: How would you compare Carter and Greystoke, their similarities and differences?

Arvid Nelson: First of all, they are both heroes. They’re not rebels or outlaws or whatever. They always associate themselves with what they know is right. But there are differences. Tarzan is, if anything, the more powerful of the two – quicker, stronger. But it’s not as simple as that. Tarzan is also a lot more conflicted than Carter. He’s more naïve, more vulnerable in other ways. That’s the wedge that could drive the two apart.

CBN: How about Jane and Dejah Thoris?

Arvid Nelson: Finding personalities for these two was more difficult, but if you dig deep enough into the original stories, they are there. Jane is a little terrified of Tarzan at times. Tarzan is a little terrifying, period. Both Dejah Thoris and Jane are moderating influences on their respective husbands, Jane more so than Dejah Thoris. Tarzan really needs Jane, the way Sherlock Holmes needs Watson.

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CBN: Do you have any favored Burroughs stories involving your protagonists?

Arvid Nelson: It’s the second novel, for both characters – The Return of Tarzan and Gods of Mars. Return of Tarzan takes a little while to find its footing, but when it does, it’s brilliant. Gods of Mars is pure joy cover-to-cover.

CBN: What can you tell us about the challenges our heroes will face? Any new big-bads?

Arvid Nelson: Again, I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say that Carter’s old adversaries, the Holy Therns, will be important.

CBN: How accessible will this tale be, say, for those vaunted “new readers” publishers seek? Any previous Tarzan or John Carter reading required?

Arvid Nelson: I don’t think accessibility is so much a question of forsaking a character’s history or coming up with a “new beginning.” For me it’s more about finding human, relatable predicaments for characters – getting the reader to identify with them. If you can do that, you’ll take anyone along with you. But I always try to make everything I write as accessible as possible, by including recap text at the beginning, and by peppering little reminders about what’s come before throughout the dialog.

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CBN: Why is artist Roberto Castro right for this limited series?

Arvid Nelson: I’ll let Roberto’s art speak for itself. It’s simply the most amazing work I’ve seen from him.

CBN: Arvid, any projects current or future you’d like to discuss?

Arvid Nelson: I’m always working on a half dozen things, but I need to wait for the go-ahead from my publishers before I start blabbing. It’s very hard! But you can follow me on twitter, @arvidthetwit, for all the latest. I try to keep the shameless self-promotion to a minimum. Dynamite’s twitter feed is great, too!

Cosmic Book News would like to thank Arvid Nelson who took time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions, and also Dynamite’s own Nick Barrucci and Keith Davidsen who helped make this interview possible.

“Lords of Mars” #1 (of 6) will hit shelves in August!

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