A new one Tarzan the film is getting ready to hit theaters as Sony Pictures has reportedly picked up the film rights to the character.
According to The Hollywood Report, Sony recently bought the rights to the character’s film presence from the estate of creator Edgar Rice Burroughs and is looking to do a “total reinvention” of both the character and the intellectual property. At this time, no filmmakers, writers or producers are attached to a project, but the company is said to be looking for a “top-down reimagining” of the iconic tale of Tarzan.
First published in 1912, the story of Tarzan – which focuses on an orphan boy who is raised in the jungle by apes and then falls in love with a young woman – was a hit when it launched. The story soon found its way into other forms of media, the most famous of which was Disney’s 1999 animated classic.
Since the Disney movie, though, it’s been a rough ride Tarzan, as various adaptations have failed, including Warner Bros.’ 2016 film starring Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie which failed at the box office.
The Hollywood Reporter points to the fact that due to the ideas of colonialism, white savior tropes, and racial and gender stereotypes found in the original source material, Sony is looking to create an entirely new version of the character.