Good evening to all that may be reading this blog, tonight I’m gonna be delivering some film news that I think is of some degree of interest. The following information comes from superherohype:
“Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that the studio has entered into pre-production on a new live-action 3D Tarzan action adventure, bringing Edgar Rice Burroughs’ legendary character back to the big screen. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, also announced that the film has been slated to open domestically on July 1, 2016.
Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood”) has been set to star as the man who was orphaned as a baby and raised in the jungle, later to return to the urban jungle of London. The film also stars Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction); Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), as Jane Porter, who becomes the love of Tarzan’s life; and two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained).
David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters, will direct the new feature from a screenplay based on the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. A Jerry Weintraub production, the film is being produced by Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra, the “Ocean’s” trilogy), together with David Barron and Alan Riche.
In making the announcement, Silverman said, “We have assembled a phenomenal international cast to tell this extraordinary story. Warner Bros. has also enjoyed long and successful collaborations with both David Yates and Jerry Weintraub, and we look forward to seeing what they and the entire team have in store for this timeless tale.”
Kroll added, “Tarzan has been an enduring and enigmatic figure in literature and cinema for more than a century. The adventures of a man who was torn between two worlds has entertained and intrigued people young and old, and we are excited to bring him to the screen for a new generation.”
Fellman stated, “This is a perfect entry for the summer movie season corridor, with a terrific combination of action, adventure, romance and suspense that is sure to appeal to a broad audience.”
Jerry Weintraub added, “I am so pleased to be reuniting with the team at Warner Bros. on this thrilling project. David Yates and I are going to be using the best of today’s technology in creating this new adventure, and we can’t wait to get started.””
So the next adaptation of Tarzan is in pre-production eh? Initially I was totally against the idea of having another Tarzan film because of my nostalgic attachment to the 1999 Disney film, however seeing the talent onboard for this new film makes think that it may be something worth watching. Now I know there are many books on Tarzan and many films and TV versions in the past. But I was never interested enough to have a look at any version until the Disney animated film which to my research is one of the best depiction of the character’s personality, strength and attributes and location too.
Now from what I’ve read about the books Tarzan is a lot darker and mature than the Disney films and deals with a lot of issues and themes that would make for a great live action story, if done properly. One of the reasons I’d be down with this now is because technology and filming techniques have advanced to a point where some of the more fictional aspects of the Tarzan book mythology good make it to the big screen in a realistic manner, plus with someone like David Yates at the helm who did the best of the Harry Potter films, I can’t help but feel like we’re in safe hands. On top of that there is the acting talent of people like Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson definitely peaks my interest. I’m curious to see how this film turns out.