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Sony Acquires Screen Rights to 'Tarzan'

LAS VEGAS - JUNE 17 : The Sony Pictures booth at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas , Nevada on June 17 2014. Licensing Expo is the licensing industry's largest annual event (Kobby Dagan/Shutterstock.com)

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'Tarzan' is returning to the big screen as Sony acquires the screen rights. 

 According to recent reports, Tarzan could be returning to the big screen. The studio is planning to introduce a whole new version of the character.

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According to the outlet, Sony Pictures has obtained the screen rights to Edgar Rice Burroughs' iconic character to give it a complete makeover.

The project is still in its early stages, and the studio has not recruited a writer, filmmaker, or producer. Sony did not immediately comment on the news.

The Tarzan franchise became massively successful in the 20th century after Burroughs' first story, Tarzan of the Apes, was published in 1912. they then reinvented the popular character across movies, radio shows, TV series, comics, and more. Notably, Disney created a popular Tarzan movie in 1999 that ultimately inspired a Broadway adaptation.

However, in the 21st century, Tarzan has not received the same level of attention as he did in previous centuries. Warner Bros. attempted to launch a new franchise with a film starring Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie in 2016, but it failed to catch on as planned. According to an insider speaking to THR, Tarzan has been public domain since January 2020, although the estate holds the Tarzan trademark.

Stay tuned for additional information on Sony's interpretation of Tarzan.

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