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Grab your vine and start revving up your lung muscles, because a new 'Tarzan' adaptation is getting ready to swing into theaters and it's got a new twist to shout about: 3-D.

Yes, according to Variety, Germany's Constantin Films has acquired the animation rights to the popular 'Tarzan' novels from the estate of author Edgar Rice Burroughs and is planning to update the famous jungle lord by staging his next onscreen adventure in 3-D. The new feature, which will be produced by Constantin's Robert Kulzer and Reinhard Klooss and which will be released in English, is likely aiming for a 2012 release date in order to capitalize on interest during 'Tarzan's' 100th anniversary. Grab your vine and start revving up your lung muscles, because a new 'Tarzan' adaptation is getting ready to swing into theaters and it's got a new twist to shout about: 3-D.

Yes, according to Variety, Germany's Constantin Films has acquired the animation rights to the popular 'Tarzan' novels from the estate of author Edgar Rice Burroughs and is planning to update the famous jungle lord by staging his next onscreen adventure in 3-D. The new feature, which will be produced by Constantin's Robert Kulzer and Reinhard Klooss and which will be released in English, is likely aiming for a 2012 release date in order to capitalize on interest during 'Tarzan's' 100th anniversary.

Over the last century, of course, 'Tarzan' has appeared in numerous adaptions for both film and television, the most famous being the Johnny Weissmuller version that debuted with 1932's 'Tarzan, the Ape Man' and introduced the world to the distinctive Tarzan yodel that remains a staple for tree climbing kids around the world.

More recently, Disney scored a hit with their own animated version of 'Tarzan' back in 1999. That film, which earned $448 million worldwide, has been kept alive with a series of direct-to-video sequels including 'Tarzan & Jane' and 'Tarzan II.'

Just how Constantin's animation license may affect Disney's franchise remains unclear, but the addition of 3-D should at least help set the two projects apart in the minds of viewers who have come to identify Tarzan with Disney. And the film's producers are no strangers to 3-D: Kulzer previously produced 'Resident Evil: Afterlife,' which will open in theaters this fall, in 3-D, while Klooss wrote and directed the upcoming animated 3D feature 'Animals United.'

'Tarzan' in 3-D. Now there's a real reason for movie fans to go ape.