Teaser Trailer for THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

It looks as if Warner Bros. will attempt to get back in on the game of adapting well-known Disney animated properties into live-action spectacles after the utter failure that was Pan this past October. And while, like Peter Pan, Tarzan's history is much richer than the 1999 Disney film that is the frame of reference from which much of the target audience for this film will have and recall. In our first look at director David Yates (Harry Potter's 5-7.2) new take on the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic we are introduced once again to the "Lord of the Apes" through what seems to be an origin story as there are glimpses of his parents deaths as well as his abandonment in the jungle where a gorilla takes him in and turns him into the legend the title is proclaiming him to be. It's undoubtedly a difficult task to turn this tale of a man in a tiny loin cloth who swings from trees and talks to apes into something credible, but at the very least Yates seems to have landed on a tone that will work for the story. Some of the shots in the film are really intriguing and distinctively beautiful, but some of the CGI looks a little questionable and hopefully they will polish much of this up in the remaining seven and half months they have before the film's release. It will be interesting to see how this Tarzan film does given many of the other live action versions of Disney classics have fared well and in all fairness this seems to hue closer to that material a la Cinderella than the daringly different approach that was taken with Pan. It will also be interesting to see if the live action Jungle Book that comes out in April will have a positive or negative effect on this film as they share a similar aesthetic. The Legend of Tarzan stars Alexander Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Djimon Hounsou, Christoph Waltz, and opens on July 1, 2016.

Synopsis: It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (SkarsgÄrd) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.

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