Originally Posted by oink
Seems like this has been "in development" so long....
That's because the original book in Edgar Rice Burroughs "Barsoom" series is actually entitled "A Princess of Mars
". There was a low budget movie version Princess of Mars
(2009) which went straight to video, it starred Antonio Sabato, Jr as John Carter and the infamous Traci Lords as Dejah Thoris. The exterior shots have the look of the American SouthWestern desert and the interiors were shot in the Bronson Caves in Los Angeles, caverns in which dozens of films have been shot, beginning with Flash Gordon
in the 1930's. I can't actually reccomend Princess of Mars
, I think I fast-forwarded through half of it, looking for redeeming special effects shots, and was disappointed.
"John Carter of Mars
" is not actually a book title in the Barsoom series, although some refer to the series that way. Of course, the problem with just about all of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels is that if you are older than 14 years of age, it's too late to read and enjoy them. Probably his most famous character was Tarzan, and of course there have been dozens of "Tarzan Movies", it's a recognized genre of film.
IMHO the series that did Burroughs even better than Burroughs was the Chronicles of Counter Earth
. This is a series of novels (31 so far) written about a planet which shares the orbit of Earth but is always hidden by the Sun. The books are written by John F. Lange, Jr under the pen name "John Norman". He is a professor of philosophy at Queens College in NYC. He writes in the style of Burroughs, but with a distinctly adult orientation, including some extreme S&M elements that have earned him the enmity of feminists. His last four novels (and two more about to publish) are only available in electronic form. The first two novels were made into movies, but with the S&M elements removed and/or toned down. They were Tarnsman of Gor
which became Gor
(1987)and Outlaw of Gor
which became Outlaw of Gor