Director: Robert Rodriguez (Sin City)
Writer: Mark Protosevich
Producer: Harry Knowles
Suddenly projected to Mars, John Carter found himself captive of the savage green men of Thark. With him was Dejah Thoris, lovely Princess of Helium. And between them and rescue lay a thousand miles of deadly enemies and unknown dangers.
Variety reports that Robert Rodriguez's resignation from the Director's Guild of America has jeopardized Paramount's development of its Summer 2006 tentpole pic "A Princess of Mars".
Rodriguez recently left the DGA before he announced he would co-direct the comic adaptation "Sin City" for Dimension Films with Frank Miller, who created, wrote and illustrated the three-book graphic novel series. DGA rules specify that there be only one director assigned to direct a motion picture at any given time, although that rule is occasionally waivered (eg. the Coen brothers).
The catch is that Paramount is a DGA signatory and thus can only employ guild directors. Rodriguez left the DGA a decade ago to helm a portion of the failed "Four Rooms" project but rejoined for his horror flick "The Faculty". He's now currently Guild-free and shooting 'Sin' in Austin, Texas as I write this.
Insiders close to Rodriguez insist he is unwilling to rejoin the DGA just to direct the $100+ million CG-extensive "Princess of Mars" which Paramount hopes will become its equivalent of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Paramount's COO Rob Friedman told the trade "We are in discussions with Mr. Rodriguez and are trying to come up with a solution".
IGN Filmforce got in contact with Rodriguez's wife and producing partner Elizabeth Avellan who simply said "As of today, we are not dropping out. We are still very much making that movie".