Last month Craig Brewer (Footloose) said he’d turned in his script for a new version of Tarzan to Warner Bros., saying it was the “best thing” he’s ever written.
The studio must be happy with it, as a new promo poster was on show at the American Film Market which is currently under-way, and we also have our first official synopsis for the film.
Here it is in full:
While in a remote part of Africa exploring a mineral cache in a mysterious cave, entrepreneur JOHN GREYSTOKE and his wife ALICE are killed in a tragic helicopter crash, leaving their three-year-old JOHN, JR. to fend for himself. Rescued by KALA, a gentle ape, the traumatized child is brought up by a band of mountain gorillas as one of their own, learning the ways of the wild as he grows into a strong and indepdendent young man known as TARZAN. At 14, Tarzan first encounters another human: JANE PORTER, a pretty and intrepid teen visiting Africa with her naturalist father. His contact with a creature so like himself leaves him unsettled and yearning for more.
The gorilla tribe’s longtime leader dies and is succeeded by a brutal silverback named TUBLAT, who settles an old score by driving Tarzan out of the group. As Tarzan wanders alone, he stumbles on the wreckage of the helicopter, where he unknowingly triggers a signal to his late father’s company. CLAYTON, a ruthlessly ambitious executive at Greystoke Industries, hires Jane and her father with a greedy scheme that will destroy the entire ecosystem. Jane, hoping to derail the plan, reconnects with Tarzan and becomes a target for both Clayton and Tublat. Facing deadly challenges from man and beast, Tarzan must use his jingle intuition and his human intellect to save his home and the woman he loves.
A spectacular animated safari into a vibrant and exotic landscape, TARZAN 3D is a gorgeously rendered, action-packed journey through a magnificently imagined world.
With the success of Rise of the Planet of the Apes I wouldn’t be surprised if Warner Bros. try and get WETA involved with bringing the gorillas to life.
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. The movie still seems to be in the scripting stage, but if the studio are happy with the script it shouldn’t be too long before it gets the greenlight and casting begins.