New adaptation of King of the Jungle, “Tarzan” version 2016 required a very important budget. This was in particular due to the more than special conception of the animals present on the screen.
Me Tarzan, you Jane
A character from the eponymous novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1912, Tarzan has become a key figure in pop culture. Before the 2016 film, he thus had 48 adaptations to the cinema. Among them, we will remember three that have become cults: Tarzan, the ape man (with Johnny Weissmuller in 1932), Greystoke, the legend of Tarzan (with Christophe Lambert in 1983) and the Disney animated film Tarzan (1999).
For the needs of Tarzan, Warner Bros. has surrounded itself with a 5-star cast : Alexander Skarsgård (who is the 21st actor to play this character), Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz (who obviously plays the main antagonist), Djimon Hounsou, Jim Broadbent and Ben Chaplin. In this new version of Tarzan, the King of the jungle now lives in London, with his wife Jane Porter. However, the British Parliament requested him as an emissary to return to the Congo, to the jungles of equatorial Africa. There, many traps await him. Note that, to play the main role, Alexander Skarsgård went very far, physically speaking.
Digital effects in spades
Tarzan has a very large budget: $ 180 million. This is explained in particular by the desire of production not to use no real animals on the film set. Therefore, all creatures on the screen are the result of digital effects.
It must be said that with current technology, special effects have become so photo-realistic that it is now possible to digitally create any creature. In addition, this decision was also taken to avoid having to deal with animals on set, something that can quickly become nightmarish for the technical team. When it comes to some animals, such as gorillas that come into contact with the hero of the film, some stuntmen in gray overalls acted as liners for these real animals, behaving and moving like real monkeys.
Finally, it should be noted that Tarzan himself has been digitally recreated for certain scenes, notably those where he swings from vine to vine.