According to IMDB’s trivia for Legend of Tarzan, the following is a true fact:
The very first draft of the film was loosely based on two original Edgar Rice Burroughs novels – ‘The Return of Tarzan’ and ‘Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar’. But subsequent drafts evolved from that point to be a different take.
Can anyone point me to a source for this?
The Return of Tarzan begins within weeks of where Tarzan of the Apes ends, with Tarzan on an ocean liner, then there are scenes in Paris, where Tarzan drinks his absinthe and smokes a few cigarettes and gets into a little trouble with the police that D’Arnot helps him clean up with the police, then he gets into trouble with Olga de Coude’s husband, refuses to defend himself in a duel, takes a bullet or two, earns the Count’s admiration and a is given an appointment as an intelligence operative in North Africa (Algeria, I think?) , and from there ends up on another ocean liner with Hazel Strong before ending up back in the jungle with Jane, La, etc. . .
Doesn’t sound too much like this one, although it does start from civilization.
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar begins with Tarzan living on his vast African estate where Werper, an nefarious Belgian, is in guest. Werper is plotting against Tarzan, who receives news that his business has failed and he needs to go make a withdrawal from the treasure vaults of Opar in order to set things rights. Werper learns Tarzan’s intentions and plans mischief.
Well, Werper is a Belgian, like Rom.
Otherwise I’m not feeling a lot of connection.
Anyway — if anyone knows more about where this trivia comes from , let me know. Meanwhile I’ll do some additional research and see if I can figure it out.