Faber signs "next generation" Tarzan series

<p>Faber has signed a new children&#39;s series featuring the &quot;next generation Tarzan&quot;, with the full backing of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Estate. </p><p>Julia Heydon-Wells, publishing director of children&rsquo;s fiction at Faber, bought UK and Commonwealth rights through Julian Friedmann at Blake Friedmann for an undisclosed sum. Set in modern Africa, the series will be written by Andy Briggs, author of the Hero.com books and the Villain.Net &quot;anti-series&quot;. The first title will be released in 2011, with the second book launched during the official Tarzan centenary celebrations in 2012. </p><p>Aimed at nine-11+ readers, <em>Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy</em> follows a re-imagined Tarzan designed to appeal to a contemporary audience. Faber said he would be &quot;edgier, untamed and feral while remaining the iconic hero, raised by apes and protector of the wild. However, living in the 21st century Tarzan has more perils to face than during his original conception: warring guerrillas, poaching of endangered animals, illegal logging and the decline of the environment to name just a few&quot;. </p><p>The original characters will remain, albeit in a slightly different form: Jane is a 14-year-old girl, used to &quot;technology and civilisation&quot;, while Robert Canler is a runaway with a mysterious past, who sees Jane as a replacement sister; the cannibal tribes have been replaced by rebel guerrillas.</p><p>Heydon-Well said: &quot;I am thrilled to welcome the Edgar Rice Burroughs Estate and Andy Briggs to the Faber list. </p><p>&quot;Andy Briggs&rsquo;s superb writing and exciting vision for Tarzan promises to create a cracking new series full of both the adventure of the original stories and themes that will connect with the contemporary reader.&quot;</p><p>James Sullos, president of Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc, added: &quot;Our desire to bring the Tarzan legend into the 21st century matches perfectly with Andy Briggs&#39;s imagination and talent for adding adventure and suspense to the Greystoke legacy.&nbsp; We are anxiously awaiting the first instalment.&quot;</p>