Alexander Skarsgård 3D ‘Tarzan’ Movie Arriving in 2016

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 11th, 2014 at 4:55 pm,

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Close to a year ago, Warner Bros. put its plan to make a new live-action Tarzan movie on hold, over concerns about the (currently-undisclosed) price tag. By that point, director David Yates – who had previously helmed the critically well-received (and profitable) fifth through eighth Harry Potter movies for the studio – had already selected True Blood hunk Alexander Skarsgård to play the eponymous ape-man, while Samuel L. Jackson was eyed to play his partner in the jungle adventure.

At that time, WB was reported to have postponed the start of production on Tarzan in the hope of re-starting development no later than early 2014, so that it could work out the budgetary concerns in the meantime. Indeed, just a couple months after reports emerged that Jackson was back in talks for the project, we now have an official press release from the studio that confirms that Yates’ film – which is going to be a (big shock) 3D “action-adventure” – is restarting pre-production, ahead of shooting getting underway for a 2016 theatrical release.

Skarsgård is confirmed to play the famous vine-swinging character imagined by author Edgar Rice Burroughs, described by the studio as “the man who was orphaned as a baby and raised in the jungle, later to return to the urban jungle of London.” Likewise, the previously-rumored Jackson and his Django Unchained co-star Christoph Waltz are now official Tarzan cast members, while Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) is set as Tarzan’s refined love interest Jane Porter – a role that in-demand names such as Jessica Chastain and Emma Stone were considered for, before the up and coming Robbie walked away with it.

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Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie are the new Tarzan and Jane

Yates had developed a real knack for weaving engaging story/character elements within the framework of a 3D spectacle-heavy blockbuster, by the time his run on the Harry Potter franchise had concluded; between that and the solid casting selections, there’s a fair amount working in favor of the new Tarzan movie turning out well. The wild card factor here really is the script – more so because WB’s official press release doesn’t even list a single credited screenwriter, even though we’ve heard that Adam Cozad (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) may be responsible for the latest script draft. Hopefully, we’ll get more information on that in the near future.

Finally, WB currently has Tarzan scheduled to begin its theatrical release on July 1st, 2016, which is the same date that Sony has claimed for the Angry Birds movie and 20th Century Fox has set Independence Day 2 to open. Tarzan seems like an obvious choice for a summer release, but with May 2016 already essentially filled up (see: Batman vs. Superman, X-Men: Apocalypse, etc.) and June 2016 already quite crowded (see: The Amazing Spider-Man 3, How to Train Your Dragon 3, etc.), Yates’ film is unlikely to be bumped forward during that season.

Of course, that’s more than two years away right now, so we’ll just have to wait and see what changes (or doesn’t change) in the meantime.


Tarzan is scheduled to open in 2D and 3D theaters on July 1st, 2016.

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  1. Glad we are going to see more of Margot Robbie, that girl is HOT and Wow 2016 is shaping up to be a GREAT summer!

    • If that blond is Margot Robbie, then she just robbed my heart! I’ll be there!

  2. If WB can tap the magic of Tarzan with the grit and animal magnetism, it could be a tent pole for years to come. The Johnny Weismiller movies dominated the movies back in its hay day. Just don’t ruin it like they did the Lone Ranger.

  3. First question.

    Are we sure it’s Samuel L Jackson and not Michael Dorn?

    • what a disaster that dude was

  4. This makes me think of Peter Jackson’s King Kong. I’m hoping it has a darker vibe..

    • Nice comparison.

  5. Please don’t make this movie campy, neither comedic, and do not have kid friendly intentions in mind.

  6. Tarzan: The Original “Swinger”!

  7. wasn’t there an animated CGI Tarzan movie released a few weeks ago ?

    Think it was Kellan Lutz who did Tarzan’s voice. Did it went straight to DVD ?

  8. I can’t believe we have to again watch the origin of Tarzan, when there are so many great books to choose from that has great action and adventure. They have an opportunity here to create a great movie that can be up to today’s standards, but Hollywood consistently misses the mark when it comes to Tarzan. And no disrespect to Skarsgard, but he doesn’t even look the part. Push comes to shove, Tarzan reverts back to savagery, not a goody like Superman, which could make for a great action/adventure movie.

    • We are not. The story will be taking place some time after his being integrated into British Society. He goes back to the Congo at the bequest of the Queen. It is not the retelling of is infancy in the jungle, a flash back perhaps, but that is to be expected. It is going to be great.

  9. My favorite Tarzan movie was Greystoke the Legend of Tarzan. Christopher Lambert in his prime. If only they had made a couple sequels.

    Skarsguard seems a little old to be playing a young Tarzan so maybe not an origin story.

    • He is not playing a young Tarzan, but one who has been living in England for several years AFTER leaving the jungle. Alexander Skarsgard was picked by the director and the producers for this film, he will do it justice. As for not looking the part, he will by the time of filming begins.

  10. skarsgard and robbie are perfect choices for these roles. can’t wait for this movie and hope it is the blockbuster it is destined to be. Those two stars deserve to go sailing into stardom.

  11. Oh please, why a fake picture of ASkars? There are lots of good pictures out there, even the latest pictures from his South Pole expedition would obviously do. Please change it, if possible.

  12. is for SALE, in time for
    Release Date of July 1, 2016