Following an unexpected success with the ’80s rom-com Mannequin, the reasons why a sequel were made are about as interesting (and artistically-driven) as one would imagine. But one aspect of that sequel—Mannequin 2: On the Move—that’s especially interesting is the film’s director: Stewart Raffill.
Stewart Raffill is a guy who broke into the business by training lions, tigers and bears. A guy who directed an award-winning sci-fi film and then, three years later, took home the Razzie for worst director. And also a guy who wrote one of my favorite childhood films, although the version I saw was much different from the one he had envisioned. I sat down with Raffill to discuss all those things and, of course, get the inscape scoop on Mannequin 2. Read More »
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Since Disney’s adaptation of John Carter of Mars didn’t work out too well, maybe Warner Bros. will have more luck updating a more grounded novel from Edgar Rice Burroughs in The Legend of Tarzan.
True Blood and The East star Alexander Skarsgård takes the title role of the man who was raised in the jungle by a family of apes. However, this approach to Tarzan finds the character already removed from the jungles of Africa, living with his wife Jane (Margot Robbie) far away from his former home. But then some kind of scheme brings him back to the jungle, where his enemies will learn how he survived in the wild for so long. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
David Yates has spent most of the past decade immersed in the Harry Potter universe, and he just recently headed back there to direct the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. But in between, he took a little detour to the wilds of Africa for 2016’s The Legend of Tarzan.
Based on the classic creation by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan stars Alexander Skarsgård as the lord of the jungle and Margot Robbie as his beloved Jane. The twist this time, however, is that the story won’t be about Tarzan getting civilized — it’ll be about an already-civilized Tarzan learning how to get wild again. Get your Tarzan first look after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 14th, 2015 by Angie Han
Disney’s animated films aren’t really a “shared universe” the way Disney’s Marvel films are, but that hasn’t stopped fans from making connections between them all the same. One popular theory posits Tarzan is actually the younger brother of Elsa and Anna from Frozen, born after the King and Queen of Arendelle embark on their ill-fated trip.
It’s a cute idea, but could it possibly be true? In a new interview, Chris Buck — who co-directed both Frozen and Tarzan — addresses the Frozen Tarzan theory, and adds another new wrinkle to consider. Read his comments on the Frozen Tarzan theory after the jump. Read More »
Not to be outdone by rival Disney, Warner Bros. has renewed their deal with IMAX to release 30 films in the format over the next few years. The news comes two weeks after Disney renewed a similar deal to release films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Captain America: Civil War in IMAX.
Under Warner Bros. deal, films such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (which shot with IMAX cameras), David Yates’ Tarzan, Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, Ron Howard’s In The Heart of the Sea, the Harry Potter Spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins, Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla 2, the LEGO Movie sequels and all other upcoming DC movies (Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, etc.) will be digitally remastered for the premium format. Read more about the Warner Bros IMAX deal below. Read More »
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The director of the final four Harry Potter films has finally locked and loaded his follow up. David Yates has been prepping a big screen, big budget, 3D version of Tarzan at Warner Bros. for so long, the company once came close to canceling it. That all went away Tuesday as he finally signed his cast and got his release date. That date is July 1, 2016 and, as previously reported, True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård will play the lead, Wolf of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie is Jane, Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz is the bad guy and Samuel L. Jackson is a friend of the hero. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
Warner Bros.’ Tarzan has found its Jane. Margot Robbie is in talks to play the female lead in the big-budget Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation, opposite Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan. David Yates is directing.
Meanwhile, she’s also entered talks to star in Craig Zobel‘s Z for Zachariah, replacing previously cast star Amanda Seyfried. In that one, she’ll be starring alongside Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Hit the jump for more details on both of her upcoming projects.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
For a moment this summer, David Yates‘ Tarzan looked like it could be shut down for good. But now that it’s back on track, it seems to be chugging along at a good speed.
The Edgar Rice Burroughs-based adventure has been amassing quite an interesting cast, with Alexander Skarsgard attached to play the King of the Jungle and Christoph Waltz on board for the villain. The latest addition to that roster could be Samuel L. Jackson, who’s officially entered talks after circling the project early on. Hit the jump for the latest details.
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Kellan Lutz (Twilight) isn’t just the other Hercules (the one that isn’t The Rock), he’s also the new digi-Tarzan. For Tarzan 3D, the actor provided the voice work and mo-cap performance for the title character, who does all the hanging with apes and swinging on vines that you’d expect from a Tarzan story. When we saw the first teaser for the film over a year ago, it was impossible to tell what this version offers that others don’t.
Now a full trailer gives us some idea of what’s unique to this version: global stakes. Because in this version, there’s a mountain that houses a centuries-old asteroid that turns out to be a massive energy source. And so Greystoke appears in this telling not as a moneyed old English title, but as an energy company hungry to gain possession of the mountain. It’s too early to say that the founders of Gerystoke Energies will turn out to be Tarzan’s late parents, but that’s what the name and the opening shot suggest.
Watch the trailer below. Read More »