The mythology of Tarzan is perhaps one of the oldest and most popular tales still being told. Since giving rise to the legend of a young man raised by apes in the African jungles in 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ literary creation has appeared in a stunning amount of books and films. At present, the number of productions with Tarzan in their title from 1918 to 2014 stands at around two hundred.
Though the films have not always been wildly popular – particularly in more recent years, the heyday of the Tarzan character seems to have come in the early to mid 20th century. With the 100-year anniversary of Tarzan technically having arrived in 2014 (the year of the first Tarzan novel), Warner Bros. Pictures took that opportunity to acknowledge the franchise’s legacy with the announcement that they were developing The Legend of Tarzan, due for arrival in summer 2016.
In the lead up to this summer, WB has already provided a handful of intriguing images and trailers for the film’s upcoming release. But now with a little under two weeks to go before Tarzan lands in theaters, WB is doing their best to ensure that The Legend of Tarzan isn’t overlooked. As such, one last trailer has just been released in an effort to raise excitement and spread the word of the film’s imminent arrival. You can check out the trailer above.
The Legend of Tarzan is directed by David Yates (Harry Potter 5-8, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and takes up the story of Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) several years after he’s left the jungles of the Congo. Now a refined British gentleman by the name of John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, Tarzan is invited back to the Congo to serve as trade emissary for British Parliament. Unbeknownst to Clayton, the truth behind his arrival in the Congo has been orchestrated by Belgian Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), who has a somewhat diabolic plan in mind for the new emissary. Judging by the action and CGI on display in the trailer, Rom’s apparent plan does not go unchallenged and it isn’t long before Tarzan, Rom and the jungle converge for an all out battle.
It’s somewhat surprising that hype surrounding this film has been relatively quiet. The new trailer does an excellent job of showcasing a world of man and beast, each vying for supremacy in an environment foreign to most humans. As a matter of fact, the overall look and feel of the film brings to mind 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes – a film that saw much box office success while offering considerably less action than what’s on display here. Still, reactions to The Legend of Tarzan so far have been rather placid.
Of course, the film has a strong cast that also includes Samuel L Jackson and Margot Robbie, and at the very least Robbie’s connection to the much-anticipated Suicide Squad could potentially draw attention to Tarzan from some fans. The sole certainty here is that summer is a challenging time for all films, though should The Legend of Tarzan strike the right chord, we could be seeing the start of a fresh beginning for the Tarzan franchise and an unexpected summer blockbuster.
The Legend of Tarzan opens in U.S. theaters on July 1st, 2016.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures