Warner Bros. has announced plans to reboot Tarzan in time for a summer 2016 release.
The movie will star Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) in the title role. Love interest Jane Porter will be portrayed by rising star Margot Robbie, who most recently appeared in The Wolf of Wall Street. Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz have also reportedly joined the cast.
Little has been revealed about the film, which will be directed by David Yates (Harry Potter), but WB seems confident that the classic tale will resonate with movie audiences once again. “Tarzan has been an enduring and enigmatic figure in literature and cinema for more than a century,” said Warner Bros. exec Sue Kroll. “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.”
WB domestic distribution president Dan Fellman added, “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.”
To be released July 1, 2016, the movie will be based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan series. The last adaptation was Walt Disney’s 1999 animated film Tarzan, which was inspired by Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes. It brought in more than $400 million at the box office. The last live-action flick was 1998’s Tarzan and the Lost City, which starred Casper Van Dien. It bombed at the box office and was panned by critics.