My man in Eastbourne, knowing full well of my love for Tarzan of the Apes, sent me a link to an announcement for a Tarzan movie that's gearing up, and after reading it I wanted to scream "Bundolo!!!" I swear to the gods of cinema, whenever I hear "reimagining" I just see red... From Dark Horizons:
Stephen Sommers ("The Mummy," "The Jungle Book") is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to direct the 'reimagination of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs creation "Tarzan, Lord of the Apes" says The Hollywood Reporter.
Stuart Beattie ("Collateral") and Sommers will co-adapt the script and Jerry Weintraub ("Ocean's Eleven") is set to produce. Beattie and Sommers do not plan to work from the original 1914 Burroughs tome or any previous film, rather an entirely new approach though details beyond that are being kept under wraps.
Guillermo del Toro had been attached to direct a script written by John Collee ("Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World") when the project was announced two years ago.
"Tarzan" has been adapted countless times with recent adaptations including 1984's "Greystoke" with Christopher Lambert, a direct-to-video feature in 1998 with Casper Van Dien, Disney's 1999 animated feature, and the short-lived 2003 series with CK model Travis Fimmel.
And just as an FYI, the 1998 Casper Van Dien TARZAN AND THE LOST CITY did play theatrically, and I should know because my buddy G-Man and I were the only two people in attendance on opening night in a Norwalk, Ct. multiplex (until a family of Mexicans showed up just after the opening titles, bringing the audience total up to seven). But as for the new Tarzan flick, I have no hope that this will be anything other than another rectal violation of everyone's favorite jungle lord, perhaps even worse than the execrable TARZAN, THE APE MAN (1981), a film that has the dubious distinctions of:
- Being the only R-rated Tarzan movie ever made, an aspect that sucks because kids need Tarzan.
- Being a Tarzan movie told from the point of view of Jane, here played by the wooden (though nekkid) Bo Derek, which wouldn't have been bad had the Jane in this film been even remotely interesting.
- Starring ambulatory slab of wood Miles O'Keefe as Tarzan. He's ripped as hell, looks okay, and is beyond boring.
An actual scene from 1981's TARZAN AND HIS DICK, er, TARZAN, THE APE MAN. No, seriously.