Tarzan Goes 3D

Jungle hero gets new ‘toon

Who says older ideas can’t leap on the 3D bandwagon? It’s not really a surprise to learn that Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan, which has been adapted across all sorts of media in the years since the first book was published in 1912, is now the subject of a 3D animated film from the producers of the Resident Evil franchise.

Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer has nabbed the rights to the novels from Burroughs’ estate and will likely kick off with a new take on Tarzan of the Apes, the tale that introduced the swinging bachelor (and later mate for city girl Jane) to the world.

Surely everyone knows his origin story by now, but just in case: he’s born to a pair of English aristocrats who become stranded in Africa’s dense jungle and then, very inconveniently, die. Our hero is raised by apes and learns the ways of the environment before discovering his true background when he stumbles on his parents’ cabin.

Tarzan is one of those characters who, like Robin Hood, has alwatys been prime source material. He's still probably best known for the 1930s Johnny Weissmuller movies and, to a lesser extent, Greystoke. Disney did decent business with their animated version and Warner Bros. has been trying to get a new film swinging through development for seven years now.

According to Variety, Constantin will work with director/producer and possible future Die Hard villain name Reinhard Klooss, who has just made CG ‘toon Animals United.