Two Warner Brothers Executives, Alexandra Lewis and Neil Marshall, presented WB’s 2016 slate to DCM (Digital Cinema Media) and, at least according to Digital Cinema Media, the title under which the 2016 Tarzan film was presented is “The Legend of Tarzan.” Is that final word on the title? Probably not. But it’s a pretty good indication of the direction WB is going.
Here is the quote from DCM as reported in Screen Daily.
Warner Bros Slate
Alexandra Lewis and Neil Marshall of Warner Bros. were invited to the event to present the company’s 2016 slate.
They mounted a defence of the film industry against criticism for lack of original ideas, stating that ultimately they were commercially-minded and that 17 of the top 20 highest-grossing films of all time globally were built on existing properties.
The films presented included Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, The Legend Of Tarzan and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
Comment: To me, it feels like this just slipped out — as if the presenters lost track of the fact that WB has not yet announced the official title but they know what it is and just used it. Alternatively, they may have assumed something “not in evidence” as they say at trial, and could be proved wrong.
Is that a good title?
It could be worse. Obviously, for anyone who’s been paying much attention over the years, that’s very simlilar to Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan. Also the Legend of Tarzan TV animated TV series that ran from 2001-2003. It’s not terrible. I’m not sure how it’s any better than just Tarzan though, particularly for global audiences and non-english speakers.
Well, I take that back.
Just ran it through a translator and for all European languages that I can think of , “Legend” seems to be cognate and thus it probably sounds okay in all those languages.
Legenda lui Tarzan
Legende van Tarzan
Légende de Tarzan
Leyenda sa Tarzan
Legend ng Tarzan
Legenda apie Tarzan?
I guess it’s probably okay. I like it better than Tarzan the Untamed, I think. Or do I?
One thing for sure, it’s not as bad as John Carter.
Now if they would just get some promotion going . . . .