The vine-swinging, loin-cloth-wearing legend will be making his return to cinema screens next month. Don’t expect another remake like recent live-action reboots Cinderella and The Jungle Book, though. According to The Legend of Tarzan producer, David Barron, the film will be doing away with the recent trend for reboots. Director David Yates and co. are offering a new version of the story, as well as a twist on the character himself.
The film will be taking place long after Tarzan’s origin story. Our wild hero will be settled into aristocratic life as John Clayton III of Greystoke, along with Jane. Don’t panic though, the film won’t see Tarzan grappling with ornate china. Instead, the stellar Christolph Waltz, as the greedy Captain Leon Rom, will be causing trouble and driving Tarzan back into the jungle for yet another adventure.
This time, the story will also focus on Jane’s alienation as an American living with English society’s elite. Barron told Collider:
“She’s not only come from the jungle, not in quite the same way as Tarzan, but she’s an American out of place in a very stuffy, English, aristocratic home. And she’s a really feisty character, she misses Africa, she loves Africa and she wants to go back. She’s a fish out of water like Tarzan in some respects because she’s American in this very fusty aristocratic environment.”
According to Barron the film won’t be ignoring some historical facts, either.
“It’s kind of reality based in that Adam Cozad in particular is very keen on getting historical facts right, King Leopold of Belgium’s rape of the Congo. So we’re set in 1889, it’s a great big fun action-adventure romp with a bit of solid underpinning of reality.”
The Legend of Tarzan will open in cinemas this summer on July 1.
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