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Bayard Johnson, Who Wrote ‘Tarzan’ and ‘Jungle Book’ Movies, Dies at 63

11 February 2016 12:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bayard Johnson, a screenwriter and producer, died February 10 in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He was 63.

Johnson wrote and produced feature films for Warner Bros., Disney, Sony Pictures, MGM/UA and 20th Century Fox. He made two feature films in Africa and wrote movies based on both the classic Tarzan character (1998’s “Tarzan and the Lost City”) and on Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” (1997’s “The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo”). His first African movie, “Damned River” (Zimbabwe, 1988), written with John Crowther, is among the top 20 action movies of the 1980s in the Netflix database.

With partner Bill Duke (director of “Deep Cover,” co-star of “Predator”), Johnson co-wrote a TV series for HBO and produced a feature film (2007’s “Cover”) about the HIV epidemic.

In 2015 Johnson’s director son Colter Johnson finished production on a film, “Man in a Cage,” from a script by Bayard and Colter Johnson, »

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