With deals now closed for its ensemble, Warner Bros. has slated its reboot of “Tarzan” to bow on July 1, 2016.
Alexander Skarsgard is set to star as the King of the Jungle and Margot Robbie is on board to play Jane. Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz are also on board to co-star.
David Yates is helming the pic. Plot details are still vague but the film will be released in 3D.
A bigscreen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ series of novels, “Tarzan” is produced by Jerry Weintraub and Alan Riche, with Mike Richardson and Yates exec producing. Numerous scribes worked on the script, including John August, Marianne Wibberley and, most recently, Adam Cozad.
This comes as good news for a project that has been fighting for a greenlight for sometime now. A week before the Thanksgiving holiday, studio execs viewed a five minute pre-viz video Yates and his team created to explain how the film could turn out.
The delay actually helped the casting, as Jackson had shown interest in the part since the film’s early days of fruition, but the dates could not be worked out. The studio then went to Jamie Foxx but when production was postponed, Foxx was forced to pass.
The studio seems close to giving the film a greenlight and, following that, will look to cast the film’s Jane. Sources still say “Wolf of Wall Street” actress Margot Robbie is the studio’s choice to play the female lead but, as of right now, Robbie still does not have an offer.
Warner Bros. is already seeing this as a big summer with the untitled Superman-Batman movie set to open on May 6, 2016.
As a big fan of Jackson and Skargard for their acting talents and ability to dominate a scene, I am looking forward to see how well these two mesh on screen. I am also an unapologetic lover of all things Tarzan and a serious adaptation of the property is long overdue.