March 9, 2012

AS LONG AS HE DIDN'T MAKE JOHN CARTER GAY:

John Carter: Michael Chabon interview - Goodbye, cool world: How on earth did witty Pulitzer-winning novelist Michael Chabon find himself writing a monster movie set on Mars? By channelling his inner 11-year-old, he tells Tim Martin. (Tim Martin, 3/09/12, The Telegraph)

When the 11-year-old Michael Chabon, deliriously steeped in the Martian fictions of Edgar Rice Burroughs, doodled a title page in his notebook that advertised the "Literary Masterpieces" of "Mike 'Burroughs' Chabon", he can't possibly have imagined that 37 years later the first big-budget film adaptation of the novels would have his name on the credits.

But the involvement of Chabon - who is now, at 48, a novelist with the unique distinction of having won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Hugo Award, literary fiction and science fiction's top accolades -- is just one of several surprising things about John Carter that you might not guess from the trailer. It also represents the live-action debut of Andrew Stanton, co-writer of Toy Story and writer-director of the animated masterpieces Finding Nemo and Wall-E, and the first faithful adaptation of a series of books whose tendrils of influence stretch through a century of science fiction. Perhaps most arresting, though, is that beneath John Carter's sci-fi trappings and lavish special effects beats the heart of a thrillingly old-fashioned character drama, rather as though a Michael Curtiz swashbuckler had been dragged into the modern age and loaded up with four-armed green monsters, mechanical walking cities and insect-winged flying battleships.

John Carter is the kind of film that so easily could have felt assembled by committee: instead it feels built with love, by a set of writers - Stanton, his Toy Story colleague Mark Andrews and Chabon - who are all dedicatedly channelling their inner 11 year-olds.


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