Talkback: Is It a Good Idea to Reboot Tarzan?
Cue up Baltimora! According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has commissioned not one, but two scripts for a new Tarzan movie. Up and coming screenwriter Adam Cozad (the new Jack Ryan film) will handle one of the scripts, while Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow), will work on a different version of the film. All of which begs the question: Does anyone actually want a Tarzan reboot?
To be fair, Tarzan is one of pop culture's longest held infatuations. From the debut of the Edgar Rice Burroughs character in 1912 through the 1940s films with Johnny Weissmuller and up to 1999 and the animated Disney hit Tarzan (with music by Phil Collins), something Tarzan-related has been produced for nearly 100 years. And, still: would audiences care about seeing Tarzan swing through the jungle again -- especially after Shia LaBeouf so memorably ruined all things vine-swinging in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? More seriously: Would the story -- which could easily be viewed as racist, sexist or some awful combination of both -- translate to modern tastes and sensibilities?
This is all still very early in the development process -- per Deadline, Warner Bros. would likely choose which script they liked best after both were completed -- but the questions seem worthy to ask. Have at Tarzan in the comments section below. (Apologies for getting Baltimora stuck in your head.)