PRESS RELEASE: David Yates' TARZAN 3D Get A Release Date And Confirmed Cast

Warner Bros. have today announced that pre-production on Tarzan has begun, with David Yates (Harry Potter) officially signed on to direct, and Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie and Christoph Waltz all confirmed to star. We also have a release date...

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By Josh Wilding - 2/11/2014

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that the Studio has entered into pre-production on a new live-action 3D Tarzan action adventure, bringing Edgar Rice Burroughs’ legendary character back to the big screen. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, also announced that the film has been slated to open domestically on July 1, 2016.

Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood”) has been set to star as the man who was orphaned as a baby and raised in the jungle, later to return to the urban jungle of London. The film also stars Oscar® nominee Samuel L. Jackson (“Pulp Fiction”); Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), as Jane Porter, who becomes the love of Tarzan’s life; and two-time Academy Award® winner Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained”).

David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters, will direct the new feature from a screenplay based on the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. A Jerry Weintraub production, the film is being produced by Weintraub (“Behind the Candelabra,” the “Ocean’s” trilogy), together with David Barron and Alan Riche.

In making the announcement, Silverman said, “We have assembled a phenomenal international cast to tell this extraordinary story. Warner Bros. has also enjoyed long and successful collaborations with both David Yates and Jerry Weintraub, and we look forward to seeing what they and the entire team have in store for this timeless tale.”

Kroll added, “Tarzan has been an enduring and enigmatic figure in literature and cinema for more than a century. The adventures of a man who was torn between two worlds has entertained and intrigued people young and old, and we are excited to bring him to the screen for a new generation.”

Fellman stated, “This is a perfect entry for the summer movie season corridor, with a terrific combination of action, adventure, romance and suspense that is sure to appeal to a broad audience.”

Jerry Weintraub added, “I am so pleased to be reuniting with the team at Warner Bros. on this thrilling project. David Yates and I are going to be using the best of today’s technology in creating this new adventure, and we can’t wait to get started.”
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Niklander - 2/11/2014, 11:38 AM
Excited this movie will be great David Yates after the last four Harry Potter flicks needs to more movies hell he should helm a DC movie.Love me some Tarzan
DrDoom - 2/11/2014, 11:40 AM
What's next?

Another Robin Hood?

[frick]
SuperCat - 2/11/2014, 11:50 AM
GeneralZod1138 - 2/11/2014, 11:51 AM
You know, cuz everyones waiting for a new Tarzan movie.

Gimme a break....
MarvelWeiner - 2/11/2014, 11:51 AM
Morgot Robbie in 3D

Interestein - 2/11/2014, 11:52 AM
Hell yes, I was hoping this would happen!
HellsHammer - 2/11/2014, 11:53 AM
I just noticed Robocop has one OCP logo on both sides of his chest! Robo nipples!
SuperCat - 2/11/2014, 11:55 AM
LOL! @ pasto

Same here!
pickleweasel2 - 2/11/2014, 11:56 AM
@GeneralZod

No body was looking forward to a Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Wolf of Wallstreet, Her, or American Hustle movies either

People aren't waiting for like 90% of all movies.
Ocelot - 2/11/2014, 11:58 AM
There were only two good Harry Potter movies, the first and the third, neither which were directed by Yates.
CherryBomb - 2/11/2014, 12:04 PM

Awesome cast.
I'm officially going to watch this movie.
WhiteBolt - 2/11/2014, 12:04 PM
WB is so unoriginal. This is like their third live action movie that was first a Disney animated movie. And yes, I know Disney doesn't own Jungle Book, Peter Pan, and Tarzan.
Kyos - 2/11/2014, 12:06 PM
Well, I'm not really excited about a new Tarzan movie, but the cast is definitely interesting.
TheClemster - 2/11/2014, 12:12 PM
There is something wrong I don't see Monkeyballs being part of the cast ...
BigMikeReviews - 2/11/2014, 12:19 PM
Waltz as the villain? I'M IN
fettastic - 2/11/2014, 12:23 PM
Soon there will be 3 different Tarzan 3D films to choose from.
Here are the other 2:
fettastic - 2/11/2014, 12:24 PM
TheAbomination - 2/11/2014, 12:28 PM
Who the fvck is Sam Jackson gonna play?
TheUltimateSuperman92 - 2/11/2014, 12:32 PM
Disney'S TARAZAN was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid...and still so I can't wait 2016 is shaping to be a great year
pickleweasel2 - 2/11/2014, 12:33 PM
@TheHeat

The studio that is up for an academy award every year is unoriginal? That makes sense.
JorL5150 - 2/11/2014, 12:47 PM
Sam Jackson?



This is trouble brewing....
Nomis - 2/11/2014, 12:47 PM
@ Supercat - LOL!!!!!

When Nature calls....
JorL5150 - 2/11/2014, 12:48 PM
God
Damn
That blonde is smokin
Timestampede - 2/11/2014, 12:56 PM
Gonna be honest. I find it funny that most don't know the "real" story well enough to know who will be who. I am going to put my money that Sam Jackson plays the pirate/slave that allows Tarzan's parents to live. That just depends on what part of the story they tell. If they go with a story for the movie more from the second book then there are a couple of people that he could play.
Alexander Skarsgård could play and will probably play Tarzan (John Clayton or Lord Greystoke heir to his families name)
Margot Robbie will probably play Jane, if everything I read is true.
Love the book series they are awesome, hope this movie lives up to the great detail given. Those books are dark, specifically the first one "Tarzan of the Apes".
Timestampede - 2/11/2014, 1:21 PM
Christoph Waltz will probably either be French Naval Officer Paul D'Arnot or Tarzan's cousin William Cecil Clayton. Still incredibly happy they are making this movie. Really really hope it is done right. I know I said that already but these are some of my favorite books.
InfiniteMonkey - 2/11/2014, 1:56 PM
Awesome cast but, is anyone really asking for a Tarzan movie?

Smarfi - 2/11/2014, 2:05 PM
Margot Robbie is so [frick]ing [frick]able.

I bet she has a lovely personality too! :D
Jhuntdaprodigy - 2/11/2014, 2:11 PM
I cared little for a Tarzan movie, but that cast is dope enough to get me interested
GL - 2/11/2014, 2:18 PM
I love Skarsgard. Great to see him in something else other than indie films and True Blood.
MrFridayNights - 2/11/2014, 2:45 PM
That cast and director will revive Tarzan
MrFridayNights - 2/11/2014, 2:46 PM
David Yates will make Tarzan a badass character
MrFridayNights - 2/11/2014, 2:46 PM
David Yates for the Doctor Strange movie
nowtheresaBATman - 2/11/2014, 3:31 PM
If it's along the lines of Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes - I'm "stoked" for it then.
joeonfire - 2/11/2014, 3:36 PM
SimyJo - 2/11/2014, 3:46 PM
"Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood”) has been set to star as the man who was orphaned as a baby and raised in the jungle, later to return to the urban jungle of London".

So basically a reboot of this great film then:
nowtheresaBATman - 2/11/2014, 3:54 PM
Good god Margot Robbie looks as succulent as a fresh strawberry. Gimme some Cool whip & chocolate sirup & I'd go all 9 1/2 Weeks on her in a heartbeat.

*takes multiple deep breaths into paper bag*

OK - My fear of spontaneous combustion has subsided...for now.
nowtheresaBATman - 2/11/2014, 4:07 PM
Greystoke was a haunting, almost scary movie. It's brilliant so if you've haven't seen it, Do so.

"RaaaZZZZZZooooooRRRRRR....MiiRRRRRooooRRRRR"
marvel72 - 2/11/2014, 4:38 PM
gonna watch for margot robbie & christoph waltz.

MARGOT ROBBIE FOR MS.MARVEL!
Optimist18 - 2/11/2014, 5:47 PM
I'm amazed that no one has mentioned the fact that:

Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgård played brothers in "Battleship", you know, the movie where everybody had a fit cause it was based of a board-game, even though "Transformers" & "G.I. Joe" are based of action figures, and "Pirates of the Caribbean" is based off a ride at Disneyland, but whatever...




Kitsch played John Carter, an Edgar Rice Burroughs character:



And now Skarsgård is playing Tarzan, an even more famous Burroughs character, if not the most famous.

And you people call yourselves nerds? Jeez...
jowenbmd - 2/11/2014, 5:50 PM
I definately look forward to seeing a good Tazan movie. With the exception of 1984's Greystoke, Burroughs' material has not been used in a Tarzan movie since the 1920s. This concept for Tarzan is long overdue. David Yates has got to get completely away from the way Tarzan movies have been made in the past. Most important, though, is the casting of Tarzan. Alexander Skarsgard is not a good choice for this role. He does not fit the image of Tarzan. Not even vaguely. Jason Momoa is fairly close, but he has tattoos. Too bad.
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