Collider Visits the Set of JOHN CARTER

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“Barsoom” reads a sign on the outskirts of the movie set we’re about to visit.  “Barsoom” is what Martians call their planet in Edgar Rice BurroughsA Princess of Mars.  A group of my fellow online movie journalists and I are headed to the set of Andrew Stanton‘s adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel, John Carter.  Mars may technically be in Big Water, Utah, but today we’ll be walking the ruins of an ancient Martian city, meeting a princess who bleeds blue, and a nine-foot-tall nomad tribe of warriors.  Hit the jump to take a trip to the red planet and find out about my visit to the set of John Carter.

Stephen Daldry Wants to Adapt Michael Chabon’s THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY as 8-Part HBO Miniseries

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A feature film adaptation of Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay has been in the works for nearly a decade now. The book was published in 2000 and centers on two Jewish cousins who collaborate during World War II to work on a new American novelty: the comic book. The novel spans multiple continents and and culminates in the dawn of the Golden Age of comic books. Soon after its publication, producer Scott Rudin began work on a feature film adaptation. After years of troubles adapting the expansive book into a succinct feature script, director Stephen Daldry (The Reader) signed on to take the helm. Numerous actors were rumored to be involved (Natalie Portman, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire), but the project found itself lodged in development hell.

Steve recently got the chance to speak with Daldry about his upcoming drama Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (also produced by Rudin), and the director revealed that he’d now like to adapt the novel into an 8-part miniseries for HBO. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Michael Chabon to Write MAGIC KINGDOM

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It took a few months to cross all of the t’s and dot all of the i’s, but Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon has finally closed the deal to write Disney’s upcoming family adventure pic, Magic Kingdom. Back in March, we reported that Chabon was in talks to pen the project for director Jon Favreau and now, three months later, Heat Vision is confirming the news. While there aren’t a ton of plot details available for Magic Kingdom, we do know that the film will take place in the Disney theme park. Per the report, it may also integrate other theme parks on a global scale (don’t get your hopes up, Six Flags…you’re probably not included). In addition to landing Magic Kingdom, Chabon was also in the headlines earlier this week when Darren Aronofsky signed on to direct the pilot for his HBO period drama, Hobgoblin.

Darren Aronofsky to Direct HOBGOBLIN Pilot For HBO

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While Darren Aronofsky may have backed out of The Wolverine in March and crushed many hearts and dreams, he might win some back with his first adventure into television. HBO’s Hobgoblin has been steadily picking up steam since the period drama written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay) and his wife, Ayelet Waldman, first broke onto the scene. Why? Because it pits con men and magicians against Hitler and the Germans in World War II. Now Heat Vision says that the television series has picked up Aronofsky to direct the pilot. Hit the jump for some more background on the project and those involved.

Pulitzer Prize-Winner Michael Chabon May Pen Script for Jon Favreau’s MAGIC KINGDOM

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Author Michael Chabon and director Jon Favreau have been in talks to team up for Magic Kingdom, Disney’s family adventure project in which iconic characters and attractions come to life.  Chabon, whose novels are all in various stages of film adaptation, could take over writing duties from Battlestar Galactica TV series writer, Ron Moore.  Moore’s original draft was axed as soon as Favreau came on board, fresh off the news that he wouldn’t be directing Iron Man 3.  Both Favreau and Chabon have experience working with Disney and should be a good team if the powers that be want to hand them the keys to the Magic Kingdom.  Hit the jump to see the other projects this duo has in the works.

Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman Pit Magicians Against Nazis in HBO Drama HOBGOBLIN

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Married authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman are in the early stages of development on a new drama for HBO titled HobgoblinVariety has the logline: “A motley group of conmen and magicians who use their skills at deception to battle Hitler and his forces during WWII.”  My first thought: Whoa!  Thought two: that particular grouping of “conmen and magicians” makes me wonder about the show’s perspective on supernaturalism.  Will Chabon and Waldman equate magicians to conmen, simply repurposing the tricks of their fraudulent trade?  Or will there be a dichotomy between the believers (the magicians) and the skeptics (conmen)?  Either way — or any way, really — I’m in.

This is the first professional collaboration between Chabon and Waldman; they will write the script and executive produce.  John Lesher and Adam Kassan will also produce.  Hit the jump for a brief overview of the authors’ previous film experience.

THE MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH DVD Review

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“The Mysteries of Pittsburgh”, based on the novel by Michael Chabon, is about a college grad’s last summer before plunging into the “real world.” Art Bechstein is a clean-cut, good guy on the path to success. One would never imagine that he, of all people, has a gangster father, a fact he prefers to keep secret. Between graduating college and starting a job his dad set up for him, Bechstein has a whole summer to kill. To keep from doing absolutely nothing, he gets a job at the Book Barn, where he sleeps with his boss and does mindless work. One day he runs into an old college buddy who takes him to a party where Art meets Jane, a beautiful, charming woman who, unfortunately for Art, has a boyfriend. After a course of events, Art, Jane, and Jane’s boyfriend Cleveland become inseparable. It’s a bit of an awkward love triangle mixed with a coming-of-age story. Having not read the book, I’ll have to judge the movie without considering its relationship to the novel. My review after the jump:

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