‘Legend of Tarzan’ Director: Samuel L. Jackson’s Character ‘Deserves a Movie in His Own Right’

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Tarzan returned to Hollywood’s concrete jungle Monday for the premiere of Warner Bros.’ “The Legend of Tarzan” at the Dolby Theater. Alexander SkarsgardMargot RobbieSamuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz and Djimon Hounsou joined director David Yates for the L.A. debut.  

The live-action feature strays from the animated series, incorporating historical events and following Tarzan (Skarsgard) on his return to the Congo nearly a decade after moving to Victorian England with his wife, Jane (Robbie). Joined by George Washington Williams (Jackson), the group becomes a part of Belgian Captain Leon Rom’s corrupt plot to extract diamonds from the land and enslave Africans under King Leopold II’s rule.

“‘Tarzan’ has historic value in terms of exposing what King Leopold actually did to the Congo and the first real holocaust in African history transpired because of him,” Jackson said. “I was able to portray a real life character who actually went to the Congo and exposed King Leopold. I think that’s important for us as a people to understand.”

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Yates said that the screenwriters, Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer, never intended “Tarzan” to be an adaptation. “It’s a completely original story,” the director said of its political backdrop.

“He managed to out the behavior of Leopold, who was exploiting the people and raping the land,” Yates added. “Williams was one of the few people to bring the world’s attention to what he was doing.”

The helmer later teased that Jackson’s character “deserves a movie in his own right.”

“The Legend of Tarzan” hits theaters this weekend.

(Pictured above: Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie and Samuel L. Jackson)

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  1. Marilyn says:

    Really excited for this movie, my kids basically grew up watching the animated version. In honor of its release we’re finally going to Africa, any suggestions? Thinking about taking this guided trip in Rwanda but open to any recommendations for something else before we book!

  2. Dunstan says:

    I’d stay away from any project involving the husband & wife producing team of Wendy and Alan Riche. “nuff said.”

    • ben says:

      Omg you are right, they have not made a single truly good movie.
      The soap opera background explains a lot though.

  3. ben says:

    What a load of egoistic crap, and I am sure hoping that this movies is an unmitigated flop.

  4. Phillip Ayling says:

    It would be quite a glorious transformation if everyone in the biz were to receive exactly what they ‘deserve’.

  5. buckeye666 says:

    “The live-action feature strays from the animated series” Of course it does, LOT doesn’t have anything to do with the animated series or the Disney movie, etc., it is its own storyline.

    • Bookhouse88 says:

      Or put another way, the movie seems pretty close to the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, of which Disney’s animated movie was not a completely faithful adaptation. It took me some digging to understand why this writer was even talking about the animated series (the only one I knew about was the one from the 1970s), but it turns out Disney did have an animated series called “The Legend of Tarzan” for two months in 2002. But why anyone would think WB would adapt a Disney cartoon…

    • Marie says:

      Ssme thing I said.

  6. thorinoakenshield6914@gmail.com says:

    More anti-White crap. Arabs were no doubt committing “Holocausts” against the Natives hundreds of years before the White Man arrived – no mention of that or of Tribal Blacks slaughtering each other before that! I hope the Movie flops, so we don’t have to see any more Propaganda against us Whites!

    • Dunstan says:

      Thor, your bizarre political take on this film is sheer lunacy. No doubt there were other horrific crimes against citizens by its own government but turning this into some political treatise on “propaganda against us white” is truly deranged.

      You’ve got your head so far up your behind all you can see is Fox News.

      • >>>>>>>>>>>>> says:

        Why would the movie “expose King Leopold”, who has ZERO to do with the Tarzan story? Why shoe horn him into a narrative that he has absolutely nothing to do with (like making a Sheena movie that exposes Robert Bird), other than virtue signalling?

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