News is starting to percolate about Warner Brothers Tarzan, and the synopsis (really little more than a log line) that has found its way out into the media is the following:
Years after he’s reassimilated into society, he’s asked by Queen Victoria to investigate the goings-on in the Congo. Tarzan teams with an ex-mercenary named George Washington Williams to save the Congo from a warlord who controls a massive diamond mine.
The current batch of articles say screenwriters are Stephen Sommers (Van Helsing, The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra) and Stuart Beattie (Collateral, Australia, GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra)….. Earlier articles cited Craig Brewer
So, what’s the takeaway on this?
My first thought — other than it won’t have a lot to do with “Tarzan of the Apes” — is that they are setting it up as a franchise by avoiding doing the “origins story” first, and that may not be a bad thing. It’s also interesting that they are keeping the period nature more or less intact.
Somehow, a warlord with a diamond mine doesn’t quite feel right to me — feels like a 1960’s Tarzan movie or TV episode — but we’ll see.
Not quite sure how I feel about this — but it’s good to see they are getting up a head of steam on it right away.