December 3, 2008

Tarzan Set to Wear Khakis

Yes, you read that headline right. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that director Stephen Sommers Tarzan project will see the Edgar Rice Burroughs creation lose the loincloth and throw on a pair of khakis. I am sure I had the same reaction you are now.

Sommers and screenwriter Stuart Beattie are setting up shop with Warner Brothers to develop a new Tarzan film. Now, I am all for a new Tarzan on the big screen, but I am not sure I like everything I am hearing. In addition to the loss of the loincloth, he raised by apes element is set to be jettisoned as well.

Why? I do not know, but it sounds less and less like Tarzan by the minute. Let's take it a step further, from the EW report: "Think Pirates of the Caribbean with buffed-and-tanned actors flying through the jungle and sprinting up trees, parkour-style." Wow. I am stunned. Tarzan is not a pirate and should not be treated as such. I understand, at least I think I do, what they are getting at. I just think that Sommers is the right guy to do it.

The parkour style sounds like it could fit. For those of you who do not know, parkour is also known as free running and a sample can be seen in the opening foot race in Casino Royale (for an even better look, check out District 13). It is also going to be set in the 1930's, which sounds right, but the lack of an ape family and the addition of khakis is just wrong.

I suspect this will be more Musketeer and less Pirates, not to mention less Tarzan.


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