German Film Company Developing 3D Animated 'Tarzan' Movie
by Ethan Anderton
August 9, 2010
The last time audiences saw the famous man of the jungle Tarzan swing into theaters was with Disney's animated adaptation just over 10 years ago, but now it looks like Tarzan will be headed back to theaters in 3D animated form but likely without the help of a Phil Collins musical soundtrack. Variety reports German film company Constantin Film is developing, which sounds like it'll be taking more cues from Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan novels, the first of which, Tarzan of the Apes, was published in 1912. The story follows a child raised by a clan of apes after his English aristocratic parents are killed while stranded in the jungle.
The character encounters complications when he discovers his parents makeshift cabin in the jungle, not to mention encounters with hunters, and other humans who eventually venture into the jungle. Though there's no specific mention of the story, I doubt the it will be without Jane, the object of Tarzan's affection. Dubbed the Ape Man, Tarzan is one of the most famous characters in literature and classic cinema. This could very well mark a stellar return for Tarzan, but I can't say that I'm necessarily excited about the prospect at all.
The downside to this whole project is the producer Robert Kulzer, the man behind the upcoming Paul W.S. Anderson films Resident Evil: Afterlife and Three Musketeers. While the musketeers may still have some promise with a decent cast, the Resident Evil sequel looks like pure garbage, and I don't trust a producer who has faith in Paul W.S. Anderson as a filmmaker. Frankly, I'm surprised they're not going for a gritty, live-action adaptation (plus, whatever happened to that Stephen Sommer's one?), but I guess this animated film could easily have a darker tone than previous incarnations. Anyone interested in a new Tarzan?