After numerous stops and starts, Warner’s “Tarzan” reboot is officially on with Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie and Christoph Waltz set to star.
The new 3D take on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ legendary character will hit screens July 1, 2016.
“True Blood” star Skarsgard is hthe 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, director of the last four “Harry Potter” movies, is helming; “Ocean’s Eleven” producer Jerry Weintraub is producing together with David Barron and Alan Riche.
WB Prez Greg 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.”
Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, 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.”
Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution for Warner, 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.”
Just a few short years ago Billy Bob Thornton was set to headline a Coen Bros’ version of “Tarzan”. Though Yates’s take is definitely the safer, surer bet, one can’t deny the earlier take might have been a very interesting, and quite possibly brilliant flick.