Back in June we heard that Craig Brewer, whose Footloose remake hits this week, was hired by Warner Bros. to write and direct a new installment of Tarzan.
In a new interview the director said he’s recently turned in his script to the studio, and spoke briefly about what we can expect from the story.
From I Am Rogue:
Craig Brewer: I’ll tell you what … I am so excited about it because I just turned my script into the studio last Friday. I’m waiting to see what they think. My producing team loves it, and some other people at the studio have read it so I’m waiting to see. I can tell you it’s the best thing that I’ve ever written. I hope they’re going to let me do it because I really think we are going to make an incredible Tarzan. So I’m hoping to do it.
Is this something that you are planning to direct yourself?
Brewer: Oh yeah, oh yeah, definitely!
Without giving too much away, what exactly is your take on the character and the story in the new script?
Brewer: I don’t want to get too in to it but it definitely doesn’t take place in a modern context. I was a big fan of the Edgar Rice Burroughs’ books and it takes place in the African Congo around the turn of the century so it’s the classic legend.
The success of Footloose this weekend may determine whether Craig Brewer gets to direct his passion project, but it’s currently at 80% on Rotten Tomatoes so he shouldn’t have too much to worry about (unless nobody goes to see it).
When news of Brewer’s involvement first hit the director was said to have come up with a take that tells the Tarzan story over three films, so there’s a potential new franchise here for Warner Bros. if it moves ahead.