Michael Chabon's 17-Year Quest to Write a Mars Adventure MovieCharlie Jane Anders2/29/12 5:54pmFiled to: John CarterMichael ChabonBooksMoviesTopEdgar Rice BurroughsAndrew StantonPixarDisneyWall-EMark Andrewsbrian aldiss322EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkJohn Carter wasn't Michael Chabon's first attempt at writing about nineteenth century heroes having swashbuckling adventures on Mars. Long before he joined up with Andrew Stanton to adapt Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic novels to the screen, Chabon wrote another Martian epic. Discover the saga of The Martian Agent, and how it led to Chabon's involvement in John Carter. AdvertisementTop image: Michael Whelan.Note: We spoke to Michael Chabon on the phone for about 40 minutes about John Carter and The Martian Agent, and only some of the highlights of that conversation are included in this article. You can read the complete, unedited interview here. It's well worth checking out.