Warner Bros. has set July 1st, 2016 as the release date for its new, live action reboot of “Tarzan.” According to showbiz daily Variety, Alexander Skarsgård will trade in his “True Blood” fangs for the Edgar Rice Burroughs hero’s loincloth. Aussie actress Margot Robbie, recently see in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” will play Jane. Like almost every other young thespian in Australia, Ms. Robbie has done a stint on the very long-running Australian TV series “Neighbors.”
Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson are also on board. Some reports state that Waltz is playing a villain bent on capturing Tarzan, which, if true, would indicate that the script, which has gone through several hands, is no closer to the original Edgar Rice Burroughs novel than most other versions.
David Yates, who helmed “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2” is directing. The movie is set to be released in 3D. No word at this time whether it will be shot in 3D or post-converted.
Burroughs’ novel, “Tarzan of the Apes,” was first published in 1912, spawned numerous sequels, and has been the basis of many, many movies, starting with a silent movie adaptation starring Elmo Lincoln in 1918. Other versions include the 1931 “Tarzan the Ape Man,” starring Johnny Weissmuller, who played the part a dozen times. Larry “Buster” Crabbe, better known for playing Flash Gordon in movie serials, also played the part, as did Gordon Scott, former stuntman Jock Mahoney and former NFL star Mike Henry. Ron Ely played the part on TV, Christopher Lambert starred in the 1984 “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes,” and Tony Goldwyn provided the voice performance for Disney’s 1999 animated version. Tarzan has also had a couple of stints on the Great White Way, including a 1921 Broadway play, and a 2006 musical based on the Disney animated movie.
“Tarzan” will follow up the studio’s technically still untitled Superman/Batman movie, set to open in May of 2016.