A Princess of Mars: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alphaville's sci-fi adventure-action picture A Princess of Mars is closing in on a new captain: director Kerry Conran.

Conran, whose Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, is set for release Sept. 17th, is in negotiations to direct "Princess," a Paramount-based production, as his next project.

Conran entered the picture after former "Princess" director Robert Rodriguez resigned from the DGA earlier this year, making him ineligible to direct the Paramount tentpole. Based on the first book in Edgar Rice Burroughs' 11-volume "John Carter of Mars" series, the property is being developed as a major franchise.