There are a some FX wizards out there who will be, more than likely, the ones to be considered for this “project”. Stan Winston - who has shown us his mastery in Terminator 1&2 and Aliens. And showed he’s still got “it” in Galaxy Quest. The “baddie” alien guys in that movie were wonderful, expert and very believable creations of makeup FX art. I believe Stan’s team to be the best in creating the four arm green alien men for John Carter.
Rick Baker, who won the First Ever Best Makeup Oscar for the brilliant An American Werewolf in London. While the "reimagining" version of Planet of the Apes sucked - his makeup FX was a visual wonder. Wow.
WETA Studios. The masters behind Lord of the Rings: Fellowship. The Orcs makeup alone was a splendor to see. They have made Industrial Light and Magic kinda shakey in the boots now. WETA combines makeup, models and CGI to create the visuals. Amazing stuff. Don't you think they'd be perfect to bring to life a Martian landscape?
Possibility: James Cameron's team, Digital Domain. They're pretty responsible for creating the CGI boom in cinema (with The Abyss and T2). Be interesting to see what else they have up their sleeves.
Okay, yes, alot of the CGI we've seen have been utter dreck. But there has been glimpses of CGI brilliance. Gollum's gleaming eyes in the dark in Fellowship of the Rings. Or his twisting, moving body. That's amazing CGI, folks. Some of the fight scenes in Blade2 combined live action w/CGI. Not bad. Yes, we KNOW CGI when we see it. Because we KNOW that it is not possible for a man, dressed in a red/blue spidey suit, to be swinging above the streets of a city by a web. We know there's no such thing as a Balrog - we know it's CGI.
CGI is definitely, a evolving technology. And has been greatly abused - but now, I believe the film makers are going to be a little more "smart" in how they incoporate CGI in their movies. Interesting times ahead for all of us movie geeks, fer sure.