Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 8.18.03 PM Takes a Trip Into the Jungle for Legend of Tarzan

Legend of Tarzan (Movie), Tarzan and Hollywood

It’s September 9, 2014 and we are at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden in the Hertfordshire area of southeastern England to visit the set of The Legend of Tarzan, Warner’s fresh take on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic King of the Jungle hero. While there have been numerous films based on the character over the years — including 1984’s Oscar-nominated Greystoke and Oscar-winning animated Disney film Tarzan — this is by far the largest scale adaptation of the property yet attempted, with a budget estimated at $180 million.

Rather than adapting any of the 24 books by Burroughs, screenwriters Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer have instead opted to concoct a new story that takes place in 1890 after Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) has left the jungle to live the aristocratic life of a London gentleman as John Clayton, 3rd Viscount Greystoke.

“It’s obviously a classic, epic tale and it’s been told many times, but it’s almost always the origin story of him growing up in the jungle,” Skarsgård explains. “In this one, although there are flashbacks to when he’s a child, the emotional journey isn’t the man from the jungle trying to adjust to life in Victorian London, it’s quite the opposite. When you first meet him he’s in England and he’s Lord Greystoke, very civilized, a British lord. Then he goes back to his emotional home, the Congo, and it’s the dichotomy between man and beast. He’s got an amazing wife, a fantastic manor, a really good life on the surface but he’s not really happy, he’s not really himself there. I think it’s something we’re all dealing with -‘Man vs Beast’- those urges. To a certain extent we’re all just animals but we’re trying to function in a modern-day society.”


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