Tarzan is back with a new movie and a big budget, “The Legend of Tarzan”. Can Tarzan compete with the likes of Captain America and the X-Men?
The film stars Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood”) Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (“Pulp Fiction,” the “Captain America” films), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad”), Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “Gladiator”), Oscar nominee John Hurt (“The Elephant Man,” the “Harry Potter” films), with Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris”), and two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained”).
Edgar Rice Burroughs published the first Tarzan story back in 1912 with “Tarzan of the Apes”. Over the years, the character has appeared in more than two dozen books, comics, films and TV shows. IMDb lists over 200 titles for Tarzan, the most recent in 2013 with Kellan Lutz.
The Legend of Tarzan hasn’t been without its troubles. Early test screenings of the film reportedly did not go well leaving Warner Bros., still feeling the burn of Pan, spooked. Compounding the issue was that director David Yates left the project during post-production to begin filming on another Warner Bros. film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Not exactly ideal for a movie with a $180 million budget and extensive visual effects. The studio said in a comment to The Hollywood Reporter,
“While it’s somewhat unusual, we are extremely comfortable with the production timelines, which were set in advance, and have total confidence in the skill of David Yates.”