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Mark Protosevich to write JOHN CARTER OF MARS Script!!!

Hey folks, Harry here. Back quite some time ago there was a young scruff of a writer that was taking film geeks by storm with his masterful script for I AM LEGEND. There was much salivation as Ridley Scott came aboard to direct Arnie in the best script Arnie had worked on since the original CONAN THE BARBARIAN and the best script that Ridley Scott had had since BLADE RUNNER. Weirdness ensued and Ridley jettisoned, Arnie remain attached, the project went into Limbo. It was much energy and potential, but what became of it? Well right now, it is very much alive with Michael Bay and Will Smith. Ok, so it is in I.C.U., but what about the screenwriter?

Well Mark Protosevich has continued to work on cool projects. He was one of the writers on FREDDY VS JASON, STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND and GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY. He's turned in a draft of the reimagining of BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN at Universal, and it after he finishes the draft of that, that he's pecking away at right now... He begins to right his epic...


This is the project in the post LORD OF THE RINGS world to get erect for. This is a project that if done right, well it could just kick in teeth and take names. It would be grand. So step one has begun on this project, a really great and loving writer that gives a shit, is working on it. Next, we'll have to see what happens in the director's chair... then of course... who is John Carter? Hugh Jackman? Cole Hauser? Jason Schwartzman? What do you think?

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  • Nov. 13, 2002, 5:26 p.m. CST


    by Brundle_Fly


  • Nov. 13, 2002, 5:30 p.m. CST

    "This is the project in the post LORD OF THE RINGS world to get

    by Brundle_Fly

    ummm...okay....I guess....shouldn't you find a woman or something?

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Dejah Thoris

    by Stainles Steel

    To hell with John Carter! Who's going to be Dejah Thoris, Princess of Mars? If only Uma Thurman was younger!

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 5:33 p.m. CST

    I know I have a woody! *boing*

    by Brundle_Fly

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Dejah Thoris

    by Stainles Steel

    To hell with John Carter! Who's going to be Dejah Thoris, Princess of Mars? If only Uma Thurman was younger!

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 5:38 p.m. CST

    "He begins to right his epic..."

    by Toonimator

    Right? When was it wrong?

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 5:40 p.m. CST

    It's just got to be Michael Clarke Duncan

    by OK Then

    Honestly, though, who's out there to step into a role once intended for Ahnold? I guess the first answer in most minds would be VD, but I'm not ready to jump on that wagon yet. (Of course, I walked out of XXX -- I was rolling my eyes and groaning too much to enjoy the big set pieces when they came around.) I say go for somebody who's got the size and the presence and can act, for Pete's sake. Whoever Pete is.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 5:46 p.m. CST

    John Carter is:

    by riskebiz

    Tom Cruise? Wasn't he interested in it? John Carter could be his "Star Wars."

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 5:48 p.m. CST

    These books have great names for a franchise

    by Silvio Dante

    Or at least trilogy: "A Princess of Mars", "The Gods of Mars" & "The Warlord of Mars". Then again, can you imagine Hollywood film called "Thuvia, Maid of Mars". Or "Synthetic Men of Mars", that's catchy too. And of course everybody's favourite "Llana of Gathol" - coming soon to a theatre near you. Jackman would not be a bad choice for JC. And Dejah? If you could mix the DNA of Salma Hayek and Winona Ryder (for that exotic dark look), get a pneumatic body a la Brigitte Nielsen and paint the whole thing red, now that would be great casting, among other things.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 5:50 p.m. CST


    by Monkey Lover

    Personally, a movie called ELIZA DUSHKU AND KIRSTEN DUNST TAKE A SHOWER TOGETHER FOR THREE HOURS would make me more erect than this. That is the dream project that Hollywood needs to fasttrack right this instant. GO!

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Paging Noah Wyle

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    "I need 20ccs of action. STAT!"

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Ahg! Georges beat me to it!

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    I feel stupid, oh so stupid!

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 6:13 p.m. CST

    this is obvious

    by Mind Explosion

    Jackman as John Carter. Dejah Thoris is more of a challenge - Hayek, Cruz or possibly Zeta-Jones?? Whoever created the artistic rendering of Jackman as JC awhile back should repost it, that was damn cool.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Eliza Dushku

    by Mind Explosion

    is a great call. As for Thora Birch, perhaps if we're talking American Beauty Thora - I don't particularly relish the thought of seeing Ghost World Thora wearing nothing but red paint.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 6:22 p.m. CST


    by halconmilenario

    Period. Mr Executive at Paramount, feel free to take my idea and use it. Please.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Dejah Pandemonium?

    by DocPazuzu

    Honestly, folks... The casting of Dejah Thoris is at least as important as John Carter. The Aria Giovanni suggestion was sound -- body-wise, but not otherwise. She does need to be as voluptuous as those Michael Whelan and Frank Frazetta paintings. The perfect reference is Salma Hayek in From Dusk till Dawn when she was doing her snake dance. Voluptuousness coupled with an athletic kick-assedness. Alas, Ms Hayek is too skinny these days.... Here's hoping they go with an unknown with acting talent, tits and hips. Doc out.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Thora, they don't know you like I do.

    by DocPazuzu

    Er... is it totally wrong of me to think Thora Birch was hot in her golden, dragon-riding scale mail in D&D?

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Protosevich = screenwriter of THE CELL

    by Charles Grady

    Funny Harry would leave out the guy's one and only actual filmed screenplay -- THE CELL -- from that breathless rave about Protosevich's "geek" credentials. Anyone else foresee non-geek mainstream auds mistaking JOHN CARTER OF MARS for JOHN CARPENTER'S GHOSTS OF MARS and ignoring this thing altogether?

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Do I have to say it?

    by GenericGeek

    Bruce Campbell IS John Carter. I agree with Dushku as the Princess, and ALL CGI MARTIANS! By the way, the John Carter-tinged comic "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman" is currently on sale... check it out and you'll be "erect".

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Holy SHIT! He wrote "The Cell?!?!?!?"

    by Three Quarks

    That was fucking awful! I rented it and had to air my fucking apartment out for 20 minutes! ARRGH! He will ruin everything! Fuck man. Oh, and hire Michael Whelan as production designer, for fuck's sake. It's about time Hollywood took advantage of his talents. Then at least it will look nice, even if it will probably star Keanu Reeves and Meg Ryan and suck hot green Martian ass.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Life on Mars

    by DyslexicHeart

    Keifer Sutherland, who is kicking ass and taking names as Jack Bauer on FOX's "24", would be a wonderful John Carter. He deserves another chance at silver screen stardom. Christian Bale would be a nice second choice.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Oh, and one other suggestion...

    by Three Quarks

    ...John Carter should have to learn the Martian language, and from then on it's all subtitles like in "Dances with Wolves." Then complete nerds can learn the made-up language and talk about RPG's in peoples' presence without their knowing.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Keanu Reeves is...

    by bigdickmcgee

    John Carter of Mars! Whoa! I'm on Mars. Everything's red. Whoa.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 7:04 p.m. CST

    You beat me to it on "The Bruce"

    by kiimo

    Man, if it isn't annoying already it will be very soon. Kicking ass and taking names. Yet another "George Lucas raped my childhood"-esque instant cliche. It's like I'm listening to Attack of the Clones. Jim Rome clones, that is. Anyway, the only logical choice is Haley Joel Osment. He's an academy award nominee. He's the only one who could truly do justice to kicking ass and crying-I mean taking names.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Don't be fooled!

    by WhiskeyRiver

    The script Protosevich wrote based on I AM LEGEND is not a good script. If you think it is, you should read the original Matheson story and see just how badly he adapted it. "Can you not see this is the man that killed your brother?" Yeesh! Read the original story and then hope that the film never gets made untilit falls into the hands of someone who will do it justice. (Added to which, this joker wrote THE CELL. So,why should we care what he's up to? Shouldn't we be hoping he forgets how to type instead?)

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 7:27 p.m. CST

    where can i get the script? <oem>

    by Tony Mike Hall

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Welcome Back Mr. Carter!

    by GornPirate

    Who? He wrote what? Huh? Forget Mars I want to see a movie about a Manned mission to Jupiters Frozen Ocean moon Eurpoa. I want to see some three tittied Europaian Mermaids. It's so cold there you know their nipples have to be hard year round.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 7:55 p.m. CST

    The I Am Legend script is total crap...

    by Kirk's Toupee

    I totally agree with WhiskyRiver...I read the script after Harry jizzed all over it. It is garbage, period. All that clown does is update The Omega Man. So he's tapped to shit all over John Carter? Just fucking great. Oh well, I always have the books and Frank Frazetta.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Tars Tarkas R' Us

    by AchilleJones

    I'm sure there's some unknown actor who epitomizes John Carter. But of the name you mentioned, I think Hugh Jackman most fit the profile. Okay, maybe I was just a little too influenced by the artwork of Gil Kane. But Jackman looks like the ideal Carter to me. But who I really want to see is who plays Dejah Thoris. This woman is supposed to be divinity on two legs.....

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 9:25 p.m. CST

    The perfect script for John Carter, Warlord of Mars....

    by FloydB

    .... has _already_ been written. I read a draft of the story that has been written by Terry Rossio, half of the writing team responsible for Shrek and it is absolutely PERFECT. If Hollywood knows what is best (and do they EVER?) they will pick up this man's script. It WOULD be the next LOTR....

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 9:53 p.m. CST

    would love to see it...john Carter of Mars I mean...

    by KingKarll

    ....a biggie franchise indeed if done right. Done wrong-you have more bigscreen variations of 'Krull' and 'Stargate'. Heck it would be good to see it though........................................BRIDE OF FRANKIE being re-done??? Really?? And what is the status of this? New to me.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Matthew McConaughey

    by n0m00n

    is John Carter. He has got the range and depth from Amistad to Reign of Fire to do justice to a good script based on Edgar Rice Burroughs actual novels, rather than some studio suit with dollar signs for pupils, seeing Barsoom as the next Middle-Earth. A John Carter film should be envisioned as an American swashbuckling/science fiction epic, not as an LOTR-inspired mythological/fantasy paean to an English landscape and a simple folk given over to modernity and industrial order.

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 10:22 p.m. CST

    I honestly don't know, it this suppose to be, like, PLUTO NASH?

    by ProzacMorris

  • Nov. 13, 2002, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Four Breasts on Dejah Thoris!

    by zinc_chameleon

    I've said it before and I'll say it again; what's the purpose of all this high technology if we can't have four realistic breasts on Dejah Thoris. Long-live subsurface scattering!

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Hello You Freaks....JOHN CARTER IS....NOAH WYLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Hell's Cigarette

    Hell yeah, that's may think that is some clever shit, but I'm dead serious!

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Hope it's better than his "Cell

    by phasmatrope

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 12:51 a.m. CST

    ...better than his "The Cell" script.

    by phasmatrope

    Christ, couldn't there be a fucking "Edit" feature on here?? (My fault for pushing "Post" accidentally, but couldn't there at least be some kind of one-word minimum??). That said, "The Cell" is his only PRODUCED script; I haven't read any of his infamous unproduced ones like "I Am Legend," but if they're any better than his draft for "The Cell," that would explain why we're still talking about the guy. As much as people may rip on that movie and Tarsem, his direction certainly saved that film. It would've helped if the characterization was better (in both the original script and the produced version), but hey, not all screenwriters are perfect. Case in point, Akiva Goldsman is absolute shit, SHIT, doing anything action related (Lost In Space, Batman Forever, Batman and Robin), but is a passable drama writer, as "The Client" and his Oscar for "A Beautiful Mind" can attest to.

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Why do you

    by ZO

    always refer to the penis and getting hard in ur stories? suspect

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Phew, good

    by MyNameDoesn'tFit

    I been looking for something new to get erect over. With the Harry/Moriarty gay porn corner animations gone, I've had nothing.

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Last time Harry posted an article about this didn't he say Vin D

    by Turtle Power AKA

    Fucking Fagmite, yikes...just yikes.

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 6:37 a.m. CST

    by THELAW

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Colin Farrell is

    by THELAW

    I think Colin Farrell would be perfect. I know Hollyood is pretty much considering him for everything these days but he's really impressive in TIGERLAND and PHONE BOOTH. I gotta go with Farrell. I agree with Christian Bale and Eric Bana as runners up though.

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Who is John Carter?

    by JAGUART

    None other than Ben Affleck. Deal with it.

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 8:37 a.m. CST


    by dartofharkness

    Yeah, Reign of Fire fuckin' sucked, but Matt was good (and looked awesome).

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 8:42 a.m. CST

    The John Carter of Mars series is amazing

    by whytee

    People just aren't used to good, inspired writing with some depth and imagination. I'd love to see this made but I fear what will happen to it. Although I liked the Protosevich I Am Legend...

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Harry and sexual references....

    by ptindy

    Every notice how Harry drops sexual MALE references in his writings. He has desires that are not of this world............

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Whiskey and Kirk are right

    by Joey Jojo

    I dont know what the hell Harry read but that I Am Legend script completely sucked and totally betrayed the book. Sure, the book is too short and would have to be fleshed out to do a feature, but that doesnt mean there is a need to change the whole attitude and atmosphere of the story. Especially that ridiculous ending that was in the script - what a complete sellout.

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Uh, does Mark Protosevich have any ORIGINAL ideas?

    by MonsterZeroOne

    And don't talk about THE CELL. It was a very simplistic story enhanced by dazzling special effects. Mark Protosevich is such a fucking hack. I can't believe you're lauding this no-talent prick for doing nothing but mining the ideas of better and greater writers.

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Don't get your hopes up...

    by MountainMover

    It's Paramount. They screw EVERYTHING up. No matter how cool the source, no matter how good the writer, no matter how amazing the director, Paramount cannot make it right. So don't hold your breath.

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Now Harry,...

    by BrianBoru

    "Arnie in the best script Arnie had worked on since the original CONAN THE BARBARIAN" I hop your hitting the bong right now,because even that doesn't excuse that statement,.... If you get a writer,director and producer who know and will be somewhat faithful to ERB's John Carter,they have a shot,.... Harry,you stated why you haven't readt Hp books,do yourself a favor and read and only Robert E Howard's Conan.You'll see what a hack-o-rmam john mil-less is

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Didn't Peter Jackson write a John Carter treatment?

    by TimBenzedrine

    I recall reading that this was another property he was interested in doing. Since no one else has mentioned it, I'm going to assume I was mistaken, but if he was, and he has something written down, I'd much rather see that than anything by this hack writer.( the Cell sucked.)

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 5:54 p.m. CST

    "The Cell": an R-rated remake of "Dreamscape"

    by phasmatrope

    'Nuff said.

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 6:08 p.m. CST

    I am Legend

    by Mr_ant

    again I'd like to add my agreement to those who loathed his script for I am Legend. In particular his pathetically lame ending, which totally betrays one of the greatest story endings ever written.

  • A great little novella if you should ever read it, and a more interesting story. I'd love to see Cronenberg make it into a movie.

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Let's all return back to reality now.

    by JohnnyTremaine

    I will kindly like to remind you fellows that, as enjoyable as the novel A PRINCESS OF MARS was when I read it as a teenager, the source material is clumsily written explotation fantasy pulp. Edgar Rice Burroughs could write a goofy and fun story, but he'll never be mistaken for Charles Dickens, H.G. Wells, or even Arthur Conan Doyle. Thus, the resultant feature film need be nothing more than an entertaining and campy FLASH GORDON type film. Trust me, JOHN CARTER OF MARS will not bear any similarity to LAWRENCE OF ARABIA.

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 8:08 p.m. CST

    I apologize for the sketchy grammar; I'm writing while watching

    by JohnnyTremaine

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Mars: 1 Billion BC

    by zinc_chameleon

    The real challenge to a good sci-fi script would be to come up with a plausible explanation of how Mars could teem with humanoid life. The best bet would be to place the whole thing in 1 Billion BC, and then have Earth pass through a singularity that grabs John Carter and dumps him on the sands of Mars. Gregory Benford's 'The Artifact' might be a useful jumping-off point. The subtlety would come with not being able to blab about quantum physics in 1865, but to indicate to the veiwer that's what has happend. It's DOABLE.

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Tars Tarkis Lives!

    by Evil Chicken

    Please oh please do not mess this up. Hugh Jackman would rule the red planet.

  • Nov. 14, 2002, 9:45 p.m. CST


    by TomVee

    Actually, McConnaghey wouldn't make a bad John Carter, He already has the accent required of a Southern gentleman and solider. He also has the build. I just wish he was a better actor and less of a pretty boy. Dejah Thoris could be one of a hundred young, sultry actresses like Eliza Dushku or the Dushku lookalike from JEEPERS CREEPERS.

  • Nov. 15, 2002, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Turtle Power you are mistaken...

    by crimsonrage're thinking of the article about the film based on some bald, naked character from the HEAVY METAL comic strip. "John Carter of Mars" is completely unrelated to it.