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- Dec 7, 2021
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Due to trademark law, they wouldn’t be allowed to advertise it as such. That’s why there’s no Tarzan or Princess of Mars adaptations.
Both Tarzan and PoM are out of copyright. There's just not that many people interested in them (as shown by the 2009 and 2012 PoM movies that most people haven't seen.).
It's similar with War of the Worlds. If you base your work on the original book, you're fine. If you reference anything to the Orson Welles broadcast or the Jeff Wayne rock opera, you're in copyright hell (and Wayne is a bit of an arse - I have first hand experience).
Of course you could use the title. You might have difficulty if you use exactly the same title in the same typeface, but who would? The original book was "Tarzan of the Apes", but Disney's version is "Tarzan". There's a lot of thematic flexibility in what you could use but "Tarzan of the Apes; The Roleplaying Game" would be do-able.