Tarzan, the classic pulp hero created by Edgar Rice Buroughs, may return to the screen once again.
Sony Pictures has acquired the film rights to the character from Burroughs’ property, Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc., and is looking to do a “total reinvention” of the character and intellectual property.
No writer, director or producer is involved as the studio seeks a top-down retelling of Ape Man for audiences in this 21st time and space.st century.
Sony did not comment.
Tarzan’s story is well known: an orphan boy raised in the jungle by great apes, who falls in love with a young woman named Jane, eventually leaving her for her, marrying her, and moving to England, where his eyes are open to just how good she is. so barbaric – truly called civilization it is, before returning to Africa. In the midst of it all, adventures abound, from beating lions and monkeys to discovering lost cities.
The stories proved to be an instant hit when they were first published in 1912 and have made their mark on pop culture through films, series, radio shows, TV shows and comic books for decades. Lord of the Jungle’s heyday lasts from the 1930s to the 1970s, but Disney’s 1999 animated film was a hit, as were Phil Collins’ songs from the film, even leading to an adaptation to Broadway.
In this century the character has proven to be a slippery vine for Tarzan. Warner Bros. tried to launch a potential franchise in 2016 with a film starring Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie that failed to ignite the public’s imagination.
Part of the reason lies in the changes in costumes. The books are scanned for ideas of colonialism, white savior, and racial and gender stereotypes that were widely accepted in the early 1920s.th century but they are not in the current culture.
Hence the desire to study a new and rethought version.
The rights agreement is also interesting as Tarzan is an IP that straddles public and private domains. The earliest stories are in the public domain, but Burroughs wrote adventures in the 1940s, with some stories published years after his death in 1950. The estate owns the Tarzan brand.