Things are about to get wild! Movie season 2016 has kicked into overdrive with multiple big-budget movies being released in the summer. For some of the new releases, there has been triumph and for others there has been disappointment. One upcoming release will try to take command of the box-office in a similar fashion to how the film's protagonist takes control of the animal kingdom, apes in particular. The legend of Tarzan is an upcoming action-adventure drama that follows the iconic figure and character originally created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. There's a lot riding on this film's performance, including a possible sequel that is in the early stages of development.
Here's the plot synopsis:
It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa—where he was raised by gorillas—behind for an aristocratic life in London as John Clayton, 3rd Viscount Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane Porter (Margot Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo Free State to serve as a trade emissary of the House of Commons, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the corrupt Belgian Captain Léon Rom (Christoph Waltz).
There has been alot of speculation and early predictions about how the film will fare at the box-office and how it will sit with audiences and critics. As usual, some were skeptical of the live action film when it was first announced and, for some, the trailers haven't done very much to impress them. Then again, it helps to have a skillful filmmaker like David Yates behind the camera who is no stranger to handling characterization and storytelling in the blockbuster landscape. Despite their differences, The legend of Tarzan has endured comparison after comparison to Disney's recent box-office success, The jungle book, which is also getting a sequel. The real test of this film will be Alexander Skarsgard proving that he can be a capable leading man in what is hoped to be the next big franchise for Warner Bros outside of the Wizarding world and the DCEU.
Tarzan presents a fresh oppurtunity for the studio to launch another franchise and for Skarsgard to test his metal in a major leading role. If anything, the supporting players are not to be underestimated when you have the likes of Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, and Dijimon Hounsu rounding out the cast. Looking on the bright side, the film has generated buzz and fans are talking about it, but will this carry over into the box-office and make it a hit? Whether or not you're a fan of Tarzan or the direction this film is going in, it definitely succeeded in piquing the interests of millions of people. Stay tuned for more info on the Legend of Tarzan and its possible sequel when it becomes available.