John Carter director working on films 2 and 3 (and hoping for 11!)

Even though the first adventure based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic tales is still months from hitting theaters, director Andrew Stanton and Pixar have their eyes on more John Carter cinematic exploits.

A total of 11 books make up Burroughs' Barsoom series, from 1917's A Princess of Mars to 1964's John Carter of Mars, and if Stanton has his way, they're not going to stop at just one:

"We bought the rights to the first three books when we first started. I thought, let's set it off right because you never get time back. ... The worse case scenario is that you'll plan for more but only make one. But what I'd hate is that you'd plan for one with no preparation for the others, because it'll show. It'll really bite you in the back end.

"I never expected anyone to say we'd definitely do more than one. It's a huge risk for them ... and It's a huge chunk of change to make any of these movies, something this big. So it made complete sense to me, from their side of the fence, to wait until the movie's out.

"So if the worst is that it was just a writing exercise for me to plan the others and then I never get to do them, I don't think I'll have any regrets. So we've been planning out all three all along, just on the chance that they do go ahead. ... My fan wish is that we'll go to all 11 stories and make more."

When you're doing something you love—and getting paid handsomely for it—a little extra work is no work at all.

(via Bleeding Cool)

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