Journey to BARSOOM
Andrew Stanton and I had always seen them as native like, masai, aboriginal-esque warriors. Tall, sinuey, no body fat, elegant. I incorporated armor, since they were warriors, they would have some protection. It would be more ornamental like (yet functional) made out of metal scavenged from the wastes of Barsoom. I even gave them shields to be used as portable Pavise to provide cover while shooting their long rifles.
In the end we settled for Tharks that were more primitive. But thats what VIZ DEV is. exploring the possibilities. and its always a fun Journey.
And this..... was my first idea for a Thern. Crazy! But being that we made them Shapeshifters ( ala their technology ) who knows what the really look like. I guess we'll need a second movie to find out. Man we had big plans for the continuing tales of Carter on Barsoom. But who knows.....