Warner Brothers is moving forward with their planned reboot of Tarzan. The project has been stalled for many years and many questioned whether the film would ever materialize. But Tarzan is ready to swing back into theaters on July 1st, 2016. The film is to be directed by David Yates, who helmed the final four Harry Potter films and is set to be released in 3D.
The fictional character originally created by Edgar Rice Burroughs first appeared back in 1912 in the novel Tarzan Of The Apes. The novel saw twenty-three sequels and the character proved to be extremely popular, quickly making the leap to other forms of media. Tarzan to date has appeared in over fifty feature films, the most recent coming in 2013 with a CGI/Motion Capture film starring Twilight’s Kellan Lutz as the jungle king.
Playing the eponymous jungle king is True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard while The Wolf Of Wall Street’s Maggie Robbie is expected to play the love of Tarzan’s life, Jane Porter. The film is also set to feature Samuel L. Jackson and two-time Academy award winner Christoph Waltz as a rumored evil military figure that battles the king of the jungle.
Warner Brothers has stated that this feature film adaptation of the character has been in development at the studio since 2003. Tarzan’s long journey back to the big screen has seen a series of script issues before the studio finally settled on one they felt could reintroduce the king of the jungle to modern audiences. Summers and Beattie’s draft got the ball rolling for Warner Brothers to find a director for the project. Tarzan first seemed ready to swing back into theaters much sooner as Yates and Skarsgard’s involvement was originally announced in 2012. However, Yates and company were told that their budget was spiralling out of control in April of 2013 and they would need to trim it down if they wished to exit the pre-production stage. The film appears to be on track now for its July release date.
The announcement was made by Warner Brothers’ President of Domestic Distribution, Dan Fellman, earlier this week that production for the long-gestating film is back on schedule. Fellman stated that the project is perfect for the summer movie season with its combination of action, adventure, romance and suspense that is sure to appeal to a wide audience. Tarzan is produced by David Barron, Alan Rice and Jerry Weintraub of the Oceans trilogy fame. The script had been written by Stephen Summers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) and Stuart Beattie (I, Frankenstein, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl) although since the draft is from several years ago, Warner Brothers may bring in someone new to pen a fresher spin.
Also opening wide on July 1st, 2016 are the sequel to the 1996 blockbuster smash Independence Day as well as a feature film adaptation of the hit iPhone/Android video game Angry Birds. The king of the jungle should be able to hold off the competition when Tarzan swings back into theaters in 2016.
By Benjamin Murray