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Disney plans to film new movie in area

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 2010


BIG WATER – Barsoom Pictures is setting up camp in the Lake Powell area as it prepares to film the movie “John Carter of Mars” for Disney/Pixar this spring. First published in 1912, the movie “John Carter of Mars” is based on the comic book and hard book series by author Edgar Rice Burroughs.

According to the “John Carter of Mars” official casting call from spoilertv.com, the movie will be directed by Andrew Stanton and will star Taylor Kitsch as John Carter and Willem Dafoe as Tars Tarkas.

The plot details on the website said the story evolves around “a damaged civil war veteran finds him himself mysteriously transported to Mars where his involvements with warring races of the dying planet force him to rediscover his humanity.”

When looking for possible places to film, location scouts for Barsoom Pictures discovered the gray shale lining of the canyons near the Grand Escalante Staircase and envisioned the area as the perfect backdrop for depicting scenes from Mars.

For the complete article see the 02-03-2010 issue.

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