Pixar is gearing up for their first live-action film with an adaptation of the science-fiction book series John Carter of Mars, and they’re heading to Utah.
Taking advantage of a new film incentive tax credit offered by the state, the great state of Utah has been chosen to be their Mars for 45 days of shooting. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, shooting will be using the state to film part of the movie from November through July of next year. J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek used the same incentive when it shot its Vulcan scenes in Utah.
The film will be directed by long-time Pixar vet Andrew Stanton, director of Finding Nemo and Wall-E, and will concern the adventure of a Civil War veteran who finds himself transported to Mars. The books, originally written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, have been in various stages of development throughout the years, having previously been in the hands of both Robert Rodriguez and Jon Favreau.
Frankly, this sounds like it could be a particularly awesome movie and who isn’t thrilled to see what Pixar has up their sleeve when it comes to live-action film? Can they capture the same magic? Here’s hoping they can! In the meantime, I think I want to go see Up again.