Jan 19, 2007 12:12 PM EST

Disney Pictures To Go To Mars

Disney Pictures To Go To Mars
The Walt Disney Co. is in final negotiations to acquire the film rights to the story "A Princess of Mars". The story was written by Edgar Rice Burrough, and is part of a collections known as the "John Carter of Mars" series.

"A Princess of Mars" is the first in the series that was published in All Story magazine in 1912 and made into a novel in 1916. This series is about a man named John Carter who is transported to Mars and held captive by the green men of Thark. John Carter goes on to become great warrior, marry a princess, raise a family and embarks on many adventures.

Disney had the rights to the series in the 1990s, and at one point had come up with an animated movie idea, or a live action movie helmed by Die Hard director John McTiernan. Paramount wound up purchasing the rights in 2002, but was also unsuccessful in developing the franchise.

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