Friday, June 12, 2009

Hollywood’s John Carter of Mars to film in Utah, projected to create nearly 400 jobs

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Disney/Pixar is expected to partly film the highly anticipated pulp science fiction film John Carter of Mars (2012) in Utah from November 2009 to July 2010. Apparently, some of the filming will take place at Lake Powell, where the Hollywood classic Planet of the Apes (1968) was partially filmed.

According to documents filed with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, Disney/Pixar is projected to spend $27.7 million in the state and create 398 jobs for Utahns. In turn, the project will receive a $5.5 million tax credit under a state incentive program.

The film John Carter of Mars, which is being directed by noted Hollywood director Andrew Stanton, is scheduled to land in theaters in 2012. The film is based on the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Barsoom series and his fictional character John Carter of Mars. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Burroughs worked as a railroad police officer in Salt Lake City in 1904.

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