Coming from well-known English director David Yates (Harry Potter), The Legend of Tarzan is the latest action-adventure title centering around the eponymous human king of the jungle originally created by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs in the 1910s. The new film features a script co-written by Adam Cozad (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and Craig Brewer (Footloose), and co-stars Alexander Skarsgård (Zoolander 2), Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad), Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight), and Christoph Waltz (Spectre).
With a narrative set to see Tarzan (Skarsgård) returning to the Congo Free State after having spent years in aristocratic London with his wife Jane (Robbie), the former king of the jungle is called back to his jungle home in The Legend of Tarzan by an exclusive offer to to serve as an emissary for the House of Commons. Unknown to Tarzan, however, certain nefarious goings on are afoot at the behest of one Captain Léon Rom (Waltz), and an adventure back to his former simian-resembling life is soon afoot.
In the new IMAX trailer for The Legend of Tarzan featured above, the former lord of the apes is seen in full jungle vine swinging action, while his beautiful wife Jane is forced to play the role of damsel in distress to Captain Lé0n’s duplicitous antagonist. The latest trailer promises a thrilling reinvention of the classic action-adventure character for returning fans of the franchise and new viewers alike, and will even include an all-new filmed origin story for the iconic character to boot. You can check out the film’s IMAX poster, below.
Whether or not the relatively untested screenwriting team of Cozad and Brewer will prove up to the task in crafting a potential blockbuster that viewers of all ages will find as exciting as readers of the original novels by Burroughs once did throughout the 20th century remains to be seen. Either way, Yates’ past experience directing several subsequent installments in the equally epic Harry Potter feature franchise should serve The Legend of Tarzan well when it comes to crafting a visually arresting filmmaking experience.
Just how many viewers will wind up lining up to see The Legend of Tarzan at the multiplex when the film finally sees theatrical release later this July remains to be seen, though with any luck distributor Warner Bros. Pictures will have a verifiable summer season hit on their hands. Skarsgård certainly strikes a dashing and heroic figure as the mythic Tarzan character, and the film should hopefully serve to coalesce around his apparent charisma in the role.
The Legend of Tarzan will see theatrical release in the U.S. on July 1, 2016.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures