Craig Brewer Says ‘Tarzan’ Script is ‘The Best Thing I’ve Ever Written’

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Craig Brewer to write and direct Tarzan movie Craig Brewer Says Tarzan Script is The Best Thing Ive Ever Written

Now that director Craig Brewer’s remake of the beloved ’80s dance drama Footloose has made a respectable showing at the box-office, it’s possible that we may start to hear more about the filmmaker’s next passion project — a new version of Edgar Rice BurroughsTarzan.

Warner Bros. commissioned both Brewer and Adam Cozad to submit dueling versions of the tale, as they chart a path forward developing the film. Earlier this summer, it was reported that Brewer was crafting his script as the first in a planned trilogy – an idea that the writer/director immediately dispelled when we sat down to speak with him about the project.

SR: What will we see in your iteration of Tarzan, and why would it be a trilogy?

“You know, I’ll go ahead and clarify one thing. No one ever talked to me about it being a trilogy – it just suddenly was reported that it was. I think that maybe somebody heard that I wanted it to be able to be serialized, meaning there could be more than just one “Tarzan,” but I’m going to keep it kind of secret right now. But just know this: I’m not doing anything where I’m modernizing it or hip-hopping it or anything like that. I’m a big fan of the books and and I found a way in that I think people are really going to enjoy. It’s something that they haven’t seen. I’m a big fan of “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan” starring Andie MacDowell, who played Jane. But I just turned in the script recently. So far everyone really loves it, but we need to see what the big brass at Warner Brothers thinks. But I would love to make that movie now. I think that people would really, really get something that they haven’t gotten out of the Tarzan legend in a while.”

SR: What kind of tone would it be?

“Do you mean is it an adventure or a drama?”

SR: Yes, and also, is it comedic, it it dark, is it satirical, is it gritty…?

“It’s definitely not going to be satirical, and I don’t know if I would say it’s not going to be light. There’s sometimes humor in my movies—but you know this one is going to be respectful to the original characters. But I do want to kind of keep it a little mysterious, because I don’t know if they’re going to want to make it immediately. I don’t know if it’s something I’m going to do next. That’s kind of up to Warner Bros. But I personally think it’s the best thing that I’ve ever written. I love it. I hope that they’ll agree that we get to make it, because it’s going to really kick ass. And it’s also about love; I mean, John Clayton, who’s Tarzan, and Jane, are the most complicated, interesting couple in cinematic history, you know? She’s a woman that has fallen in love with a savage, and there’s a part of her that wants to take that and…(refine him). There’s another part of her that wants to keep him wild. And, you know, I’ve been married to the same awesome woman for twenty years and we’re kind of the same way.”

We’ll keep you updated as details on the project emerge.

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  1. could be cool. hopefully it’s not cheesy.

  2. Hope this stays a period piece. And no sex scenes, dumb humor, etc. either. I’d rather see a good period-piece Doc Savage movie, and a serious period piece Green Hornet, but a well-done Tarzan reminiscent of the original would be welcome, also.

  3. I dig craig brewers work. sounds great. and I’m lookin forward to this script hopefully coming to life.

  4. Ug. Sure this falls in line with ALL the other remakes but I really don’t think it’s gonna fly in this day and age unless they do something over the top and silly like they are doing to The Three Musketeers (which would be horrible btw)

  5. Tarzan is a classic character. His comics then were very mature and well-written. However, I wonder if there’s anything new that can be done with him. Would it be a remake of the classic tale using the original setting when Africa was still considered the Dark Continent (Or is it still? When spme don’t know that Libya’s in Africa? lol) Or would it be set in in a remote region of modern day Africa with some political instability or conservationist twists?

    Hmmm.

  6. Noooo! I’ve wanted to do Tarzan for so long!

  7. So is this going to be realistic? One thing that struck me as strange about Tarzan is that he is an adult male…WITH NO FACIAL HAIR! Did one of the apes happen to figure out that human males sometimes shave or what? I guess they never saw an Arabic male before. :-D

    • I will guess from your question that you have never read the books as ERB covered that.

      • Nope, never read the books. Why no facial hair? Was it some genetic problem?

        • He used the knife he found to shave it off. Most of ERBs heros were clean shaven and found ways to keep it that way.

          • It’s been a long time. I remember he cut his hair because it was getting too long and in his way…And that ended up kind of jagged…..Didn’t he get inspired by pictures he found of his father and maybe some other relatives? If I remember right he found a mirror and the pictures and figured he was supposed to look like them…..Hell….Maybe I need to read it again….I don’t think I read Tarzan Of The Apes since grade school, but it was one of my favorites at the time

  8. I hope he does something that hasn’t been done with Tarzan before and actually do the original “Tarzan Of The Apes” That would mean a few actors from the ages of maybe 5 to early 20′s to show his progression growing up amoung the apes and how instead of getting killed as a weak human he learned to use a knife make him not only an equal, but eventually the leader of the troop. What would make that a difficult script is that other than the parent’s before they get killed there would be no language. It would have to be acted much like in “Quest For Fire” where it’s all body language and motion….That would be tough, but would make it like the real story….Maybe they’d need to use a little naration just so you knew who was who and what their history was so that the story made more sense. But that would be the story to see on screen. The one that hasn’t actually been shown before….The original

  9. I hope they cast Adrien Brody for the lead as Tarzan. I would definitely pay $9.00 to see Adrien Brody shirtless with muscles like he had in Predators in a loincloth (OH BABY WAS HE HOT IN THAT MOVIE COVERED IN MUD!!!!)

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