John Higgins at Film and TV Now has done a yeoman’s job of summarizing in detail what went on and what was said at the Legend of Tarzan London Press Conference and Q and A. Click here to read the whole article. Some highlights:
- David Yates announced that the film is more or less finished, save for the mix, grading and one or two FX shots still pending and half-jokingly said that he wished he could show the whole film.
- Yates on how he got involved: ‘I was sent the script by legendary producer Jerry Weintraub who had been touting the script for about a decade. It was old-fashioned with politics and environmental issues and humour. It had different colours and an anachronistic quality to it.’
- Skarsgard on Tarzan: “He has a responsibility to take over Greystoke (the family estate), but feels there is something missing.” Also: “This film is not about taming the beast, more about keeping the beast within and focusing on those primal urges.” Skarsgard revealed that he worked with choreographer Wayne McGregor and said he had ‘never done this much detail when finding the moments and sensed that his natural feeling is that Tarzan is an animal’.
- Part of that convincing look was down to Technical Advisor Josh Ponte, who stood from the floor to talk a little more about the background to the film’s production and cited 15 years of experience exploring the Gabonne to ‘finalise the epic texture of this TARZAN’ and Ponte also announced a campaign to preserve the elephants of the region called STOP IVORY which will be used as part of the release of the film when it does finally emerge on cinema screens.
- Stuart Craig, the film’s production designer, was also the production designer on 1984’s Greystoke.
- Yates admits he ‘had never read any of the novels and that when he received the script from Weintraub, he fell in love with it (scripted by writers Adam Kozan and Craig Brewer). [We will have to come back to this and ponder it later. Wouldn’t it be ironic if Yates’ Tarzan comes closer to Burroughs’ Tarzan than the other movie Tarzans ….. without benefit of Yates studying the books? Not sure how I feel about that.}
- Yates also said that ‘from the start it was always going to be Skarsgard in the role. I did test others, but I only visualised him in the role. In the case of Margot, I met her during publicity for WOLF OF WALL STREET and after she had been backpacking around Europe with her brother, a combination of earthy and tomboy.
Read the full article at Film and TV Now.
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