1 EXT. MULANI VILLAGE - DAY
as the tribe celebrates a successful hunt.
DRUMS BEAT in rhythmic fury as NATIVES drink home-brewed beer and dance
wildly around a huge bonfire. And leading the celebration primal
abandon is TARZAN!
sits alone off to the side of the festivities.
Tarzan leaps in front of him, his bottom half IN FRAME, then rears back
and lets out with a triumphant ROAR!
Must you always do that?
You're not celebrating.
When I give thanks I simply bow my head.
But that's not enough! Tantor is a great creature!
Yes, but you've been celebrating since last night... Anyway, elephant
isn't a staple where I come from.
And where is that, my friend? The place you're running from
or heading to?
They exchange knowing looks. Suddenly,
a commotion erupts among some Mulanis. One of them, a young warrior,
ANOTHER PART OF CAMP
A Mulani youth (BAZI) is drunk and telling tales
to a group of younger warriors; the alcohol feeding an already over-blown
ego. Tarzan and Themba approach.
(to Tarzan) What's going on?
Rite of passage. Ten days ago, young Bazi there left the village
a boy and has recently returned a man.
Ugly beasts. Half-man, half-gorilla. Big teeth.
(mimics gorilla's SNARL; then gestures with hand)
I came this close to being caught.
THEMBA (to Tarzan)
Why didn't he just run?
BAZI (overhears Themba)
Mulani warriors don't run.
But I followed. And when they were asleep I grabbed the yellow
THEMBA (to Tarzan)
The kid's drunk.
Maybe. Except I believe he's telling the truth.
Tarzan looks toward the ground. Themba follows
his gaze. At the youth's feet lies an open cloth sack, inside of
which is a TREASURE TROVE of GOLD JEWELRY and TRINKETS.
Well, look at that!
As Themba bends to check out the goods, Bazi
thrusts his spear over his loot and locks eyes on Themba.
But then Tarzan is drawn to something hidden
among the jewelry. As he bends to pick it up, the Mulani youth turns
the spear on him. But the youth soon yields under Tarzan's fierce
gaze and GROWL.
Tarzan picks up a gold-adorned, black onyx CAMEO
and stares at it as if seeing into the past.
What is it?
This necklace... It's the one I gave to Jane before I left England.
(looks at Themba)
She's here -- in the jungle.
Themba connects with the gravity in Tarzan's
voice, as we:
END OF TEASER
2 EXT. MULANI VILLAGE - LATER
The celebration is still going on, but starting
to quiet down. Tarzan and Themba question Bazi.
TARZAN (shows the cameo)
Where did you find this?
Bazi remains silent.
You are not Mulani.
It belongs to a friend of his.
A white woman. She may be in danger.
I don't believe you.
Bazi snatches the cameo from Tarzan.
All you want is the yellow metal.
Why you little...
TARZAN (cautioning Themba)
He's exercising his manhood.
You've learned well.
I think there's another lesson he needs to be taught here.
Themba steps forward in a threatening manner,
and suddenly several SPEARS are pointed at Tarzan and him.
It's time to go.
What about Jane?
You have the courage of a Wagambi. Now think like one.
Tarzan gives a courteous nod to Bazi and his
comrades, then slowly retreats. Themba follows suit.
3 EXT. MULANI CAMP - NEXT DAY
Early morning. The camo is asleep. Glowing
embers are all that remain of the raging bonfire.
is asleep under a tree, safely surrounded by
other sleeping warriors.
Silently, Tarzan slips INTO VIEW, hanging from
the branches by his feet. Cupping one hand over Bazi's mouth and
hooking his arm under the youth's chin, Tarzan swiftly and with little
effort lifts the frightened Mulani out of camp.
4 EXT. VELDT - DAY
Bazi is tied to a tree, his hands behind his
back and his legs spread slightly apart. Themba is tying a GOURD
to the top of Bazi's head. Tarzan stands several feet in front of
Bazi preparing to do some "William Tell-type" target shooting with his
bow and arrow.
Tarzan is ACTING like he's still DRUNK from the
celebration, finding it difficult to keep himself and his bow and arrow
THEMBA (to Bazi)
If I were you, I think I'd tell him what he wanted to know.
You cannot scare a Mulani warrior.
THEMBA (shrugs his shoulders)
You're braver than I.
Are you ready?
Tarzan closes one eye and purposely aims his
bow and arrow ninety degrees off target.
Tarzan, over here!
Tarzan opens both eyes, reacting like he actually
Tarzan adjusts his aim, but he's still shaking.
THEMBA (to Bazi)
You do the Mulani proud. Long will they proclaim your name
-- after you're gone.
He taps Bazi solicitously on the shoulder and
walks away. The Mulani's bravado starts to fray as Tarzan tries to steady
his aim. Tarzan FIRES!
CLOSE ON BAZI
We HEAR the ARROW STICK IN THE TREE. Bazi
opens his eyes and looks up, but the arrow isn't there. Then as he
looks down, CAMERA TILTS and we see the arrow sticking out of the tree
JUST BELOW HIS CROTCH.
BACK TO SCENE
as Bazi, frightened, starts spewing African dialogue
so rapidly we can't understand him.
I think he's ready to talk.
he looks at Themba, smiles and winks.
5 EXT. RIVER - DAY
Bazi stands on the bank with Tarzan and Themba,
Follow the river. A moon's march north. Beyond the hidden
Tarzan places his right hand on Bazi's shoulder.
I ask the spirits to bring me as much courage on my journey as you
showed on yours.
Bazi looks at Tarzan and smiles proudly.
He graciously returns the CAMEO to the ape man; then stands tall, bringing
his right fist to his left breast in a warrior's salute.
BAZI (meaning "Go well")
Tarzan returns the salute.
Then, as Bazi exits in one direction, Tarzan
and Themba move out in the other.
That was a nice gesture you made... you know, asking the spirits
for the same courage and all.
I meant it. I found this among his possessions.
He hands something to Themba which sickens him.
CLOSE ON THEMBA'S HAND
He's holding a hairy, gnarled FINGER. Attached
to it is gold ring.
6 EXT. RIVER - LONG SHOT - DAY (CGI)
We see Tarzan and Themba follow the river through
a valley toward a mountain in the distance.
7 EXT. MOUNTAIN - DAY 7
Tarzan and Themba are climbing a steep mountain
trail. The climb is taking its toll on Themba.
8 EXT. RIVER - DAY
Tarzan and Themba rest. Themba drinks heavily
from a spring.
I still don't understand why Jane would come to Africa unannounced?
(off Tarzan's silence)
But you do, don't you?
This isn't the first time.
Forgive me, but isn't that a little strange? I mean, she's
supposed to be in love with you.
She is. It's not her love for me she comes to test.
It's the jungle.
Why all the secrecy?
To protect herself.
It obviously didn't work.
We've yet to find out.
This isn't about Jane and the jungle. It's about you and the jungle.
She knows she can't separate the two.
Themba is drawn to a shimmering yellow glint
in the river.
You know, Tarzan, it's not easy what you're going through with Jane.
Themba finds an ARROW HEAD made of GOLD.
He suppresses his excitement as he examines it.
I'm not going through anything.
You are, but you won't admit it. Men in love never do.
Themba touches a nerve.
I'm not like other men.
Maybe not in your taste in clothes but when it comes to affairs
of the heart -- you're as weak as a butterfly is to the wind.
Tarzan is growing impatient with Themba's analysis.
Themba digs around in the river bed looking for more gold.
You talk and talk but you say nothing. Just like tan-klu.
Then Tan-klu's one smart rooster. It's amazing the stuff we can
find buried in our minds when we dig hard enough.
Themba finds a GOLD EARRING. Excited, he
tries to share his discovery with Tarzan.
Tarzan, look at this.
But Tarzan is too annoyed to listen.
TARZAN (rising quickly)
Tarzan ignores him and walks away. But
Themba doesn't want to leave just yet.
Ah... you go on. I'm still catching my breath.
Themba then follows the river bed looking for
9 EXT. MOUNTAIN TRAIL - DAY
as Tarzan follows the trail. Suddenly,
he stops down wind and SNIFFS the air. He turns, looking concerned,
then swiftly retraces his steps.
10 EXT. RIVER BEND - DAY
The water is deeper here. High reeds grow
thick at the water's edge. Themba is still searching for gold when
he hears the BARK of a GREAT APE. He quickly submerges up to his
neck and pushes in among the reeds.
looking through the reeds. The deformed
FEET of a hairy Oparian beast step INTO VIEW and face Themba. We
HEAR the beast SNIFF the air.
BACK ON THEMBA
He remains quiet. In fact, the entire jungle
now appears silent. Suddenly, an Oparian hand reaches through the
reeds for Themba.
A11 EXT. RIVER - DAY
as Tarzan hurries to the river 5 edge and stops.
He sees several BENT REEDS, but no sign of Themba. He then checks
the trail for footprints.
He sees the IMPRINT of a SIX-TOE OPARIAN FOOT.
BACK ON TARZAN
As he follows the trail.
Tarzan continues his trek. As he gets over
a rise, he stops and looks:
B11 TARZAN'S POV - FROM THE VALLEY - DAY
In the distance, high atop a craggy mountainside,
is OPAR: a sprawling village of stone structures, encircled by a huge,
thick wall. Standing out among the structures are the ornate spires
of the Palace. The entire city glitters with yellowish-gold light.
A11 BACK ON TARZAN
as he heads toward Opar.
12 EXT. JUNGLE - DUSK 12
Tarzan is making his way when the trail seems
to end at a THICKET OF THORN BUSHES. There's no way around them,
and the thorn bushes are so thick and high he can't see beyond them. But
his senses tell him there is a path here.
He picks a TUFT OF FUR off a thorn, and another
one beyond the first, and examines them. He then tentatively pushes
through the thorned barrier, but stops when the thorns prick his body.
He studies the bushes again. After a few
moments, he bears down and starts to push through them. It's as though
his resolve is a KEY, because suddenly
THE THORN BUSHES
magically part and a path appears winding through
as he follows the path through the bushes until
he emerges on the other side, where he LOOKS UP and SEES:
A12 TARZAN'S POV
of PALACE SPIRES and TURRETS rising above the
wall atop the mountain.
OMITTED 13 THRU 15
16 EXT. HILLSIDE - DUSK 16
We see Tarzan climbing the steep rock cliffs,
inching his way to the top.
17 EXT. HILLSIDE - WALL - DUSK
Tarzan stands at the base of the wall, which
rises high above him and is cut into the mountainside. He looks up.
18 TARZAN'S POV
Pieces of the wall have fallen away from the
top. TURRETS and GUARD POSTS align the wall, but they too have decayed
with age. STRANCE COLD FIGURES of MEN and BEASTS also hang from the
wall. VINES and other plants grow on the wall, further evidence of
its age and disuse.
SHADOWS move swiftly over the surfaces, too quickly
to make out what caused them.
BACK ON TARZAN
An APE SHRIEK echoes from beyond the wall.
Is it a warning? If so, Tarzan ignores it, as he moves along the base of
the wall looking for an opening. But he can't find one.
Unable to find one, he climbs the vines and plants hugging the wall.
19 EXT. BRIDGE OF TIME - NIGHT
We see Tarzan's hand reach up over the wall,
and then Tarzan pulls himself up and over.
20 EXT. PATHWAY TO MONKEY SPRING COURTYARD - NIGHT
In the center is the imposing Monkey Spring Shrine
with its torch lit up in hommage to simians.
crisscross the courtyard.
as he quietly enters and makes his way across
the courtyard, on the alert for anything.
Tarzan conceals himself behind the Monkey Spring
Shrine. He grabs his knife, then proceeds around the Shrine.
As Tarzan emerges from behind the Shrine and
makes his away across the other part of the courtyard. GOLD STATUES
and SCULTURES make it easier for him to be ambushed.
Suddenly, he stops and listens. He HEARS
movement, senses something scurrying about him.
HUGE SHADOWS of BEASTS
are cast on the ground behind him.
He HEARS more movement, this time closer and
more of whatever is stalking him.
appear to surround him, moving in and out of
dark corners and behind the statues and sculptures.
As Tarzan walks past one sculpture, a HUMANOID
SHADOW stands next to it.
A SHAFT of MOONLIGHT
streaks into the courtyard. Tarzan HEARS
movement, turns. For a brief, involuntary moment, Tarzan recoils;
the Humanoid Shadow is actually --
AN UGLY OPARIAN
hideous face; half-man, half-ape, neither white
nor black, with hair covering his body and brow.
Tarzan recovers quickly, slams the Oparian to
the ground then makes a hasty retreat.
But other OPARIANS emerge from other hiding places,
carrying cudgels and knives, and attack!
Tarzan gives a valiant effort, but in the end
the Oparians are just too many and too strong.
As they overpower Tarzan, we:
END OF ACT ONE
21 EXT. RIVER - DAY
Dawn. We follow a reed sticking out of
the water until it stops. A moment later, Themba surfaces and looks
23. EXT. AMPHITHEATRE. DAY
As the sunlight wipes away the darkness, we see
Tarzan laying in the middle of the floor bound hand and foot.
CLOSE ON TARZAN
as the sun touches his eyelids, they open.
He HEARS WHISPERS punctuated by GRUNTS and one prominent VOICE.
The outsider has infiltrated our sanctuary and
threatens our home!
Tarzan turns his head and looks up.
The sunlight obstructs his vision. But
he sees enough to realize he's in an outdoor theatre of sorts. Taking
center stage is CADJ, a menacing Oparian priest who is speaking to a GALLERY
of Oparians, stirring up hatred.
Mark my words, where there is one outsider, there
are many! I say, we must protect Opar. I say -- death to the
Cadj sticks his face fully INTO FRAME.
He awakens. Good -- he can claim his last
(NOTE: ALTHOUGH CADJ IS OPARIAN AND UGLY, HE'S EASIER TO LOOK AT AND
MORE HUMANLIKE THAN HIS BROTHERS ALSO...
(OPARIAN GUARDS AND PRIESTS CARRY CLUBS AND HAVE CURVED KNIVES TUCKED
IN THEIR BELTS OR STRAPPED TO THEIR LEGS. AND THEY'RE ADORNED WITH
GOLD BRACELETS AND ARM BANDS.)
ceremoniously circles the STAGE PORTION of the
amphitheatre, facing the gallery, while dragging his cudgel on the ground.
as he strains futilely at his bindings.
BACK TO SCENE
The gallery is rapt with anticipation.
At a moment chosen by Cadj, he RAISES HIS CUDGEL and CHARGES Tarzan to
But then, suddenly, he's halted by a loud, piercing
Followed immediately by --
A FLASH OF LIGHT
and a BILLOW OF SMOKE that fills the space between
Tarzan and him. Then --
appears out of the smoke. Adorned in GOLD
and DIAMONDS and draped in an ANIMAL SKIN, she has the courage and agility
to battle the feral attacker. She immediately sends CADJ sprawling
to the ground with a kick to the chest.
Cadj. quickly jumps to his feet and turns ready
to attack again, but then suddenly stops his pursuit.
La is holding a RED JEWEL majestically above
her head. The jewel must possess some power because Cadj, as well
as OTHER OPARIANS cower at the sight of it. Still, CADJ risks challenging
Kill the outsider!
Since when do you tell your High Priestess what to do?
He belongs to the Flaming God.
And mine is the voice through which the Flaming God speaks.
You must stand by the law.
I am the law! If you doubt that, I'll call on the Flaming
God himself to settle the matter.
She turns the Red Jewel threateningly to the
sun, and Cadj recoils in fear.
LA (smiles; solicitous)
Cadj, you're wasting a perfectly good sacrifice before we even get
to the Temple.
La makes the jewel disappear, then grabs her
knife and points it at Cadj.
LA (continuing; re Tarzan)
Now, take him to my chamber.
Cadj hesitates. La GROWLS and Cadj relents.
CADJ (to guards)
You heard the priestess.
The guards pick Tarzan up and lead him from the
amphitheater against a torrent of catcalls. LA and her priestesses, follow.
ANGLE ON CADJ
as he's approached by his slimy ally INGE.
It appears her highness may have her wish afterall.
There's a malicious relish in INGE'S remark, which Cadj doesn't like.
With a swift blow of his forearm, Cadj flings Inge to the ground.
24 INT. LA'S BEDROOM CHAMBER - DAY
It's stone walls and floor are adorned in regal
finery; very much befitting a high priestess, but certainly not the woman
warrior we just saw defending Tarzan. The focus of the room
is a large pillowed bed. The guards carry Tarzan in, deposit him on the
floor, then exit. Moments later, La enters.
I am La, High Priestess of Opar. And you?
They call me Tarzan.
Tarzan. White skin.
You know the language of the Mangani.
Oparians share the blood of the great apes.
Then you are like them.
LA (somewhat insulted)
La CLAPS her hands and TWO PRIESTESSES of lower
rank enter and follow her behind a dressing screen, through which Tarzan
can see her silhouette. As she changes,
he also scans the room looking for a way out.
I come from noble blood, as you obviously do.
My blood is no different than any other man's.
The thorn bushes would not have let you pass if your blood wasn't
But your priest was ready to spill mine.
If your blood spills it will be by my hand. That is the law.
As for Cadj, he's mad with ambition, but easily controllable.
La emerges from behind the screen adorned in
MORE GOLD, including a gaudy HEADRESS.
There. This is more becoming of a High Priestess, don't you
It depends on whether her heart is cast from the same metal.
Fleet of tongue. I like that.
She unties his feet, then reties the binding
around his neck. Then, using the binding as a leash, she pulls Tarzan to
his feet so that his face meets hers.
Now, what are you doing in my kingdom?
Looking for a friend. An outsider.
You'd risk your life for this outsider?
For anyone who couldn't defend themselves.
I never said it was a woman.
Is it a woman?
Yes. Her name is Jane.
LA (sighs; catty)
Is this Jane able to defend herself?
Not against your guards.
Then you're a fool to waste your life on this weakling.
Then she is here.
No one enters or leaves Opar without my knowing
Maybe this one has.
La loses her patience and tugs on Tarzan's leash.
Tand-panda! I told you I've heard nothing of this woman.
La is face-to-face with Tarzan.
What power does this Jane have over you?
Only that which I'm willing to give.
Then you give too easily.
She shoves him backwards onto the bed.
She then BANGS a GONG and a GUARD enters.
See if a female outsider is being held in Opar and report back to me.
In the meantime, show this man to our special guest quarters.
25 INT. WINDOWLESS PIT - DAY
Dark. Fashioned out of rocks. Straw
strewn over the dirt floor. The door opens and Tarzan is shoved inside,
his hands still tied behind his back. The door is then locked from
26 EXT. RIVER - DAY
OPARIAN GUARDS patrol the banks of the river.
CAMERA MOVES to river where we see Themba hugging the embankment.
After the guards pass, he moves on down the river.
27 EXT. ROCKY FALLS - DAY
Themba stands on the side of this small, but
steep drop in the river. He's looking for a way to cross when something
catches his eye.
In the middle of the falls, somewhere imbedded
in between the rocks, glints a YELLOWISH LIGHT.
BACK ON THEMBA
as he makes his way precariously across the face
of the falls, holding onto the slippery rocks for balance.
He makes it to the center of the falls and the
light, then reaches through the water and feels around. Moments later
he finds something -- a GOLD MEDALLION.
Themba's so excited, he loses his concentration
as Themba falls into the pool of water below.
28 EXT. POOL OF WATER - DAY
as Themba emerges from under the water, he grabs
onto a FLOATING LOG and slowly drifts down river toward Opar. As he does,
he looks up:
carved into the side of a cliff is a MONKEY.
29 EXT. COVE - DAY
where the river butts up to a CAVE. Water
cascades from the rocky cliff above. Themba floats on the log to
the cave, where he hoists himself up and disappears into the dark cavern.
30 INT. DUNGEON CELL - DAY
a WOMAN we believe to be Jane is pacing back
and forth. Being bruised and dirty doesn't hide her attractiveness.
But the safari jacket and skirt she's wearing seem out of place on her.
Not because it's torn and smudged. It's her, she looks uncomfortable
She hears someone unlocking her cell door and
cowers. But then La enters.
You're a woman.
How very perceptive of you.
You don't understand. I thought you were one of those beasts.
Did you see...
(dawning on her)
How did you get past them?
I'm their ruler.
WOMAN (skeptically checks La up and down)
Why does that surprise you?
Nothing. I'm sorry. That was rude of me.
You have my permission to be rude.
It's just that back in England, women of royal blood dress a little
This is the raiment worn by all High Priestesses.
Yes. Well, then, see. What right do I have to tell you
what to wear?
No, I wish to hear more. What do you know about men?
Especially the strong, wild types. The Tarzans.
Tarzan! He's here?
No. It's just that he's sort of a legend in these parts.
WOMAN (smiles knowingly)
Same back home.
Then you know him?
WOMAN (taken aback by question)
Well. . . yes.
La reacts, she believes she found Jane.
A30 INT. WINDOWLESS PIT - DAY
Tarzan sits on the floor, his hands tied behindhis
back, when the door opens and in walks La with a Priestess.
Has the cold floor softened you any?
He just stares at her.
LA (continuing; off his stare)
Mmm... I guess you don't want to hear about your Jane.
Tarzan stands up.
Where is she?
I am not a bad person, Tarzan. merely wish to be treated with a
TARZAN (no nonsense)
I said, where is she?
She tugs on his leash. He goes red in the
You can either make this easy or hard on yourself. If you
want your friend back, I'd recommend the former.
Tarzan relaxes. La smiles, approvingly.
She is safe. She was spotted north of here. I've sent
guards to fetch her.
Now, can I trust you to accept my hospitality?
As La turns to give her Priestess an order...
La, I was travelling with another friend. A Wagambi.
You seem to lose a lot of friends, Tarzan. Maybe you should
tie bells around their necks. (To Priestess) Prepare him.
As the priestess escorts Tarzan out of the pit...
31 OMITTED 31
33 EXT. CLAM SHELL GRAND POOL - DAY
STARTING ON A REFLECTION OF TARZAN dressed to
CAMERA MOVES to show him in all his finery.
We see that the pool is cut out of the rock and
plants. GOLD STATUES with an oceanic motif are positioned around
the pool. Mist rising off the water adds a sensuous majesty to the night.
A CLAM SHELL SCULPTURE
extends out over the middle of the pool.
MIST fills the center of the shell, out of which emerges HIGH PRIESTESS
HIGH PRIESTESS LA
is decked out in another gossamer GOWN that wafts
in the breeze around her naked body. GOLD ADORNMENTS cover most of
her extremities. And she wears a MASK of
ARIOS, a god.
La nods to her priestesses, signalling the start
of some CEREMONY.