From the sound of things, Disney’s adaptation of the nearly hundred-year-old sci-fi series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, “John Carter of Mars,” is going to start shooting as early as January of next year. The start had previously been pushed back from November. Pre-production continues to move steadily forward nonetheless on the hybrid live action/CGI film.
As co-star Lynn Collins told MTV’s Josh Horowitz last week on the New York red carpet for “The Burning Plain,” she’s already seen workups of fight sequences she’ll have to film and, last week, some initial effects work kicked into gear.
“We’re actually getting into some hair and makeup tests this week to see what the look is like,” said Collins, who plays the humanoid Martian princess Dejah Thoris. “It’s really collaborative and really creative and I’m really excited about it.”
The preliminary idea is not to bury Collins under prosthetics and heavy-duty makeup but to create a look that would not be out of place on a tropical island. “I think they’re going more like a really great tan, like the best-tan-you-can-ever-imagine type of thing,” she said. “I’ve yet to find it. Maybe the makeup team will be able to.”
There’s no word yet how the rest of the cast will end up looking. Joining Collins in “John Carter” is her “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” co-star Taylor Kitsch as the title character, a Civil War vet inexplicably transported to the Red Planet, where he stumbles upon all manner of alien adventures.
“Taylor is so amazing,” Collins said. “We went to Pixar and saw some of the workups of some of the fighting that we have to do. I was like, ’Oh my god, there’s just no guy better for the job. He’s so athletic and wonderful and such a great actor and so positive.'”
Calling her character “a priestess of science and letters,” Collins extolled co-writer/director Andrew Stanton’s (“WALL-E,” “Finding Nemo”) vision for “John Carter.” “Edgar Rice Burroughs was a really smart writer, so smart that some of the stuff I can hardly wrap my head around, so that’s up to Pixar to see if they can put in visually to life,” the actress said, adding, “It’s completely satirical and politically on point, I’d say.”
With filming on the action-heavy flick planned for next year in Utah, Collins will begin a serious training regime next month. Until then, she’s been enjoying the cheesy glories of the city’s culinary crowning achievement. “I’ve been eating as much New York pizza—I just had a huge pizza!” she smiled.