It looks like “Tarzan” is swinging through the Hollywood jungle again. And AOL Time Warner is betting big that the Lord of the Apes will do more than monkey around.
“Tarzan and Jane,” a sexy, young-skewing TV series, is already slated for the fall sked at the WB, with the weblet hoping it will become a signature series on the order of its “Superman” spin “Smallville.”
Now “Charlie’s Angels” scribe John August is getting a sizable seven-figure payday to pen a big-budget summer actioner centered on the Edgar Rice Burroughs hero for Warner Bros.
The pic will be produced by Jerry Weintraub with Alan Riche and Tony Ludwig.
August, who sees his Tarzan as more like the “X-Men’s” Wolverine without claws than as a brooding aristocrat trying to return to civilization, has his work cut out for him in trying to set up a new franchise.
For starters, he’ll have to compete with the studio’s already established stable of superheroes — including “Batman,” “Superman” and “Catwoman,” which all each undergone major overhauls on their way back to the bigscreen.
But the real issue is who will become the loinclothed lad and who will be his Jane. August promises a more modern take on the Tarzan legend, including a contempo Jane who doesn’t swoon in the arms of the king of the jungle.