For those of you that didn't see the Disney movie John Carter earlier this year now is the time!! It is available on dvd or digital download and I highly recommend it!! This movie is based on the series of books written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. He was the gifted American writer that also gave us Tarzan of the Apes and The Land That Time Forgot. I had not heard of the John Carter novels until the creation of the Disney movie unfortunately. They were written a little before my time. The first novel in the series entitled A Princess of Mars was originally published in 1917.
Astronomers didn't know in the early twentieth century what they know now about the red planet. Today we know that the planet Mars has a violent and inhospitable atmosphere. Back then however many people theorized that Mars was quite similar to Earth and would therefore develop similar life forms. This sparked the imaginations of many people including Mr. Burroughs.
The movie had an excellent cast staring Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins who both appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. As well as Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong and Thomas Haden Church in supporting roles. If you haven't seen this movie go out and get it ASAP!! It is a movie that every science fiction fan should have in their collection. I can't recommend this movie enough!! I LOVED IT!!