Warner Bros. Sets July 1, 2016 Release Date for David Yates’ TARZAN 3D

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Warner Bros. has staked out a July 1, 2016 release date for its big-budget adaptation of Tarzan, in 3D no less.  The film has been in development for over a year and at one point was put on hold due to budget concerns, but it’s been picking up steam once again over the past few months.  David Yates is onboard to direct, making this his first feature since helming the final four Harry Potter films back-to-back, and True Blood actor Alexander Skarsgard is set in the titular role as Tarzan.  Margot Robbie—who shined as the female lead in The Wolf of Wall Street—will make the leap to franchise films playing Jane, and Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz are confirmed to co-star.

Currently, Independence Day 2 is also scheduled to open on that 4th of July weekend in 2016 alongside the Angry Birds movie, but either ID4 or Tarzan will likely shift to another weekend to avoid cannibalizing each other.  With this new date for Tarzan, 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for Warner Bros., as the studio will also launch Batman vs. Superman in May.  Read the full press release for Tarzan after the jump.

david-yates-tarzan-3dHere’s the press release from Warner Bros.:

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.”




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  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Warner brothers will hope that this movie can get them some money back after the batfleck vs super alien vs Facebook guy movie flops

    • Christopher

      Absolutely…an Oscar winner has brought his team to a project whose last film grossed half a billion dollars. This project is going to incorporate a character whose last films were a multi-billion dollar entity. *&* they’re incorporating the most iconic female character of the last 100 years. They could film Cavill, Affleck, & Gadot in Walmart Halloween costumes filmed with a GoPro & it wouldn’t flop.

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    Another Tarzan ? Who cares…
    Give us fresh ideas or go to hell hollywood.

    • Christopher

      So, using that argument, we should see an entirely new “Dark Knight”-ish character, because Batman is an old idea.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        Absolutely not. Because Batman is a hero with many shatters in his soul who can bring new adventures, and who can fight plenty of interesting villains, while tarzan story has been told many times without any novelty.

        If this Tarzan is destined to a new audience, who knows nothing about the character, then hopefully it will work for them. But for those who knows Burroughs’s Tarzan like me, they will probably wait for a Tarzan reinvented.

        That being said, and with David Yates on board, I am not very reassured. Especially when they put the emphasis on the “3D” gimmick.

  • Person

    Dark and edgy Tarzan reboot with Skarsgard as a brooding hero who questions the meaning of his life after learning that gorillas aren’t his real parents, and falls for a beautiful human woman who wants to share his story with the world.

    WB is is gonna try and modernize this by giving it a lot in common with Man of Steel (which I loved btw), both in story and style. It just lends itself so easily to that. Mark my words.

    I have faith in Yates and Waltz, though. So I’ll hold out hope.

    • Seanpb

      The synopsis I read a while ago sounded quite fun. It sounded more like WB and Guy Richie’s Sherlock films than anything – at least in terms of the tone.

      Essentially it featured Tarzan living in Victorian London, where he is summoned to the palace and given a mission to return to a colony deep in the African jungle and figure out what’s going on.

      There he uncovers some kind of plot against both the best interests of the empire and the jungle itself.

  • Person

    Dark and edgy Tarzan reboot with Skarsgard as a brooding hero who questions the meaning of his life after learning that gorillas aren’t his real parents, and falls for a beautiful human woman who wants to share his story with the world.

    WB is is gonna try and modernize this by giving it a lot in common with Man of Steel (which I loved btw), both in story and style. It just lends itself so easily to that. Mark my words.

    I have faith in Yates and Waltz, though. So I’ll hold out hope.

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