Wall-E director Andrew Stanton recently spoke to SCI FI Wire regarding his adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel John Carter of Mars.  Since Wall-E was one of the most talked about animated films this year, some fans have come to the natural assumption that John Carter of Mars will be another Pixar collaboration. Stanton spoke clearly about the direction he wants to take the film in, and it won’t be for the under 12 crowd.

Stanton confirmed that Carter, based on the books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, will be live-action. “Yeah, I think that’s the only way,” he said. “I mean, there are so many creatures and characters that half of it’s going to be CG whether you want it to be [or not], just to realize some of these images that are in the book. But it will feel real. The whole thing will feel very, very believable.”

When I think of the human/creature CGI combo I always think of the last three Star Wars films. Lucus used a lot of CGI, and I mean a lot,  but it came out pretty good. Stanton also confirmed that the film’s being done by Disney, but not a Pixar animation crew.  The director is leaning towards an older target audience, and expects the movie to be rated PG-13.  Honestly, if he wanted, John Carter of Mars could be rated R, but he’s not trying to go that hard.

John Carter of Mars is expected to hit theaters in 2012.