After Spider-Man, Sony acquires the rights to this gigantic pop culture hero

King of the jungle Tarzan is not dead, on the contrary, he will live for many more years through his films. Today we learn that Sony bought the original story rights and plans to make one adaptation a bit peculiar, worrying the fans.

Tarzan : new movie for a new life

Tarzan single-handedly became the archetypal wild child raised by the great apes of the African jungle. Created in 1912 by Edgar Rice Burroughs, it was published for the first time in France in 1926. Since its creation, 26 books have told the story of the character, from 1912 until 1995! It is also surprising that, given the date of creation of the original story (112 years), Sony still has to pay for the rights of adaptations. Burroughs’ heirs continued to publish books in his name long after his deathexplaining that his story is not yet in the public domain.

Comics and movies have told very different stories. The directors, to avoid legal proceedings, must all include in the credits of each film “Very loosely adapted from characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.” Admittedly, the origin story is rooted in its time, with the usual issues of older works. Uninhibited racism, promotion of colonialism, are all black spots that would no longer pass today. This does not prevent Tarzan from continuing to have film adaptations. Sony recently purchased the rights and is reportedly looking to “totally reinvent the character and his intellectual propertySo we’re expecting a “21st century version” reimagining. Sony hasn’t commented further on this.

Sony: a modern Tarzan that makes you cringe?

For the moment, no writer, director or producer is attached to the project. Today, it’s rather risky to adapt Tarzan. The character stands on a slippery vine. Warner Bros had already tried in 2016 to launch a new franchise Tarzanwith Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie. The film was set after Tarzan returned to England to become Earl of Greystoke, a rather rare feature in the character’s modern filmography. The film failed to find its audience, with more than mixed reviews (36% from 241 Rotten Tomatoes reviews), even though it brought in almost double its initial budget of $180 million.

The announcement also somewhat chilled the already wary fans. Many feel that it becomes necessary to stop capitalizing on the character, where others expect a lot from this long-awaited rewrite. In total, it’s no less than 55 films Tarzan who have been in theaters since 1918. If the cast changes since Warner’s film, we will be able to see on screen the 22nd actor to play Tarzan, and possibly the 17th Jane Porter. (Skarsgard and Robbie being the 21st and 16th respectively.) And all this without counting the parodies of the character, like George of the Jungle. On Twitter, Internet users shared some of their very negative reactions to this announcement:

I would be surprised if they made Tarzan a black man who swings on vines like a monkey under the pretext of wanting to convey progress MDRR
It would be the funniest csc in the history of cinema. https://t.co/uN7wo27Puz

October 1, 2022

Can’t wait to see Asian trans and genderfluid Tarzan (Tar-chan) who doesn’t save Jean pck she’s not consenting https://t.co/BPYw1I3Qae

October 1, 2022

There are then several options:

1. Tarzan is non-binary
2. Tarzan is transsexual
3. Tarzan is a Green Peace activist
4. Tarzan is a woman
5. Tarzan is black
6. The combo of everything mentioned above. https://t.co/t1EizuWWQn

October 1, 2022

Tarzan will suddenly see himself as lgbt, black and with a trans identity https://t.co/m0YNtl3Fkp

October 1, 2022

well not phew, as much as I’m not a fan of tarzan but leave it as it is what https://t.co/91vD1xbfGQ

October 1, 2022

We’re going to hit on an obese tarzan, that’s for sure https://t.co/ib8dzM6PI6

September 30, 2022

Houla, It’s going to be the story of tarzan, locked up in a new york zoo, transgender who falls in love with the guardian \ud83d\ude2d

October 1, 2022

“Reinvent the character for the 21st Century”

We already had a modern Tarzan. https://t.co/BJCGuFW7gw pic.twitter.com/2sIsLqinKR

September 30, 2022

We already have a modern Tarzan

Personally, I think that Tarzan is a work that we must stop readjusting… We have done too much Tarzan, everyone has their own Tarzan or the equivalent, the clone, the sub-clone of Tarzan. Let Tarzan die in peace and move on, please! \ud83d\ude1b https://t.co/dlig1qwmm5

October 1, 2022

Imagine they put on a black to play Tarzan, “a film about a bug that imitates monkeys” https://t.co/bAjUF8O4xO

October 1, 2022


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