According to The Hollywood Reporter, writer Ehren Kruger (The Ring, The Ring 2), will write John Carter of Mars for Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow director Kerry Conran and Paramount Pictures. Previously titled A Princess of Mars, the pic is based on the first installment in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 11-book series, Mars.
In John Carter of Mars, the title character is a Civil War officer from Virginia who is transported to Mars, where he faces indigenous dangers and embarks on fantastic adventures.
The film is being produced by Alphaville’s Jim Jacks and Sean Daniel. Kruger, whose script, Skeleton Key, is now in production with Kate Hudson in the lead, is reworking John Carter of Mars from a previous draft by Mark Protosevich.