*“Hustle & Flow’s” Craig Brewer is no longer set to be the lead director for the film adaptation of Burroughs novel; a story about Tarzan’s sidekick.

But he did share his vision for the film if ever he had the opportunity to direct it.

“I don’t want to give too much away of what I’m doing, but that is something I have thought about, and something I am addressing, and I can just say that “Tarzan” is a love story really, the movie I want to tell, that’s on the backdrop of this adventure, where Tarzan has to reconnect to his love, Jane, and to Africa itself. I know there’s probably going to be some concerns, in terms of racial attitudes toward the original films, and towards the books, but it’s territory that I’ve been in before… I don’t want to say I’m comfortable in it, because I think it’s best to stay [a] little uncomfortable, and be mindful of things that need to be sensitive, but I think it’s important to tell a great story from one of the most famous literary characters of all time.”

And apparently, Samuel L. Jackson could be getting thrown into the equation as George Washington Williams, an ex-mercenary who works with Tarzan to save the Congo. Tarzan is supposed to be played by Alexander Skarsgard.

Tarzan already has a racially charged past, now with this new adaptation, the connotations of race and white supremacy still rear its ugly head as Tarzan, the king of the jungle (in Africa mind you) saves the black country with a black dude as his sidekick.

Read/learn more at Shadow and Act.