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David Yates' 3D Tarzan is coming July 2016 with Waltz, Robbie, and Skarsgard

02.11.2014
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David Yates' TARZAN shut down production last year but is up and running again, now with stars and a release date confirmed. The 3D action movie will be hitting screens on July 1, 2016 with Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz all confirmed to star. This comes after months of casting rumors including these three. The release date will also mean another high profile film for Warner Bros. during Summer 2016 as it will hit screens a couple of months after BATMAN VS SUPERMAN.

TARZAN will be David Yates' first film as director since 2011's HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - PART 2 and should be quite the blockbuster. The high caliber cast will re-team Jackson and Waltz, both of whom appeared in Quentin Tarantino's DJANGO UNCHAINED. Robbie is coming off of a high profile turn in Martin Scorsese's THE WOLF OF WALL STREET while Alexander Skarsgard may finally be getting his break to the big time after years in smaller films and HBO's TRUE BLOOD.

The classic tale of TARZAN, a boy orphaned in the jungle and raised by gorillas only to fight those who would exploit his home and his newfound love, Jane. TARZAN was a very popular character in the early part of the 20th century followed by animated films and a television series in the early 2000s. It has been a while since TARZAN has been seen on the big screen, especially in the wake of Edgar Rice Burrough's other iconic character, JOHN CARTER.

Here's hoping TARZAN will be as good as it has the potential to be when it opens July 1, 2016.

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3:02AM on 02/13/2014

Skarsgard - does not fit the role

I'm hoping this new Tarzan movie will not be like anything that has been done in the past. They gotta get completely away from the old image created by Weissmuller at MGM in the 1930s. They gotta go back to the source material and bring the character that Burroughs created to the screen. And the actor has to fit the role. Alexander Skarsgard will not fit the role. He looks nothing like Tarzan. He's too thin. He's too pretty. He's not believable as an ape man. The closest I've seen to
I'm hoping this new Tarzan movie will not be like anything that has been done in the past. They gotta get completely away from the old image created by Weissmuller at MGM in the 1930s. They gotta go back to the source material and bring the character that Burroughs created to the screen. And the actor has to fit the role. Alexander Skarsgard will not fit the role. He looks nothing like Tarzan. He's too thin. He's too pretty. He's not believable as an ape man. The closest I've seen to the Tarzan image on screen is Jason Mamoa. But he's tattooed.
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9:49AM on 02/12/2014
Tarzan-2016 has some real promise for at least three reasons.
One, the cast is about perfect. Skarsgard has the build and intensity for the lead role. I have seen him in True Blood, Straw Dogs, and Generation Kill. Robbie has the right look for Jane. Look at Jane March as Jane Porter in Tarzan and the Lost City. Tarzan's Jane should be a knock-out and look a bit exotic. I am mildly surprised that Jane Porter is still Northern European in this 2016 movie. After all, Lana Lang and Alicia
Tarzan-2016 has some real promise for at least three reasons.
One, the cast is about perfect. Skarsgard has the build and intensity for the lead role. I have seen him in True Blood, Straw Dogs, and Generation Kill. Robbie has the right look for Jane. Look at Jane March as Jane Porter in Tarzan and the Lost City. Tarzan's Jane should be a knock-out and look a bit exotic. I am mildly surprised that Jane Porter is still Northern European in this 2016 movie. After all, Lana Lang and Alicia Masters were successfully updated for today's literary tastes in Smallville and Fantastic Four. The remaining cast, Jackson and Waltz, could not be more talented. The director David Yates offers great promise. In Harry Potter, he had to create a world both realistic and phantastic, and he has the same task with this Tarzan project. I am sure that he will do incredibly.
Two, Tarzan-2016 is 3D. Possibly, this stylistic choice works very well for the movie. Sometimes, action and spectacle look much better in 3D: from The Wolverine to Drive Angry to Avatar to John Carter to Dredd. Some adventure stories are better audience experiences for being in 3D.
Three, we contemporary North Americans love our standard superhero stories. These legends are at their height right now at the box office. Some costumed Everyman gains powers and goes after some possibly costumed villain with several usual tropes interwoven into the story. We love that stuff. However, Tarzan would provide some variety to the superhero genre in the same great way that Blade, Agents of SHIELD, Constantine, Watchmen, and John Carter have. It is a superhero movie, but it is also something different with which the audience is not growing progressively bored.
As my comments indicate, I am also interested to see this Tarzan movie's politics. In 2016, this Tarzan cannot be like past Tarzan tales necessarily. Potentially, this version must be a more feminist take on the character and his setting. Potentially, this version must communicate a post-imperial sub-text. Potentially, this version must strive to be post-racial. As with the recent Lone Ranger, I want to see how a studio, WB in this case, handles potentially dated material.
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4:05PM on 02/11/2014

The got the wrong True Blood actor

I love the cast and am a huge fan of the character...but Mangianello should have had this. he is literally exactly as Burroughs described him. I like Skarsgard, but if he was born to play a role, it is Special Agent Pendergast
I love the cast and am a huge fan of the character...but Mangianello should have had this. he is literally exactly as Burroughs described him. I like Skarsgard, but if he was born to play a role, it is Special Agent Pendergast
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5:38AM on 02/12/2014
Joe Manganiello as Tarzan - now that's a cool casting idea.
Joe Manganiello as Tarzan - now that's a cool casting idea.
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