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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:42 pm 
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Guillermo del Toro to Direct Tarzan

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December 15, 2006

Warner Bros. Pictures and producer Jerry Weintraub are developing a new take on the Edgar Rice Burroughs-created Tarzan. Variety says the studio is negotiating with Guillermo del Toro to direct.

John Collee, who wrote Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and most recently scripted the WB animated hit Happy Feet, is in talks to write the screenplay.

Del Toro, who grew up reading Spanish-language translations of those books, feels that the classic themes are still compelling, and that there is new ground to cover in the Tarzan mythology by turning back to the original Burroughs prose.

"I'd love to create a new version that is still a family movie, but as edgy as I can make it," Del Toro said. "There are strong themes of survival of a defenseless child left behind in the most hostile environment."

"John will be writing it alone, as I'll be in production on 'Hellboy 2' and pursuing writing projects of my own," he added. "He's got a great sense of adventure and the wilderness."


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:26 pm 
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Harry Potter's Yates May Swing Around Tarzan

Who will direct Warners' new jungle-dwelling pic?

by Max Nicholson

June 19, 2012

While Constantin Films continues working on its motion-capture Tarzan flick starring Kellen Lutz and Spencer Locke, Warner Bros. is still moving forward on their own big-screen adaptation -- and word has it that a couple of filmmakers are now circling the project.

Indie Wire reports that Harry Potter helmer David Yates as well as Nanny McPhee Returns' Susanna White have both expressed an interest in Warners' vine-swinging epic. While Yates is clearly the better get, White would be the more affordable choice considering most of her previous credits are limited to television.

There was also a rumor going around that Gary Ross was eying the pic, but the Hunger Games director very quickly put that hearsay to bed in a statement from his reps.


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Harry Potter Director David Yates Reportedly Set for Tarzan

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November 7, 2012

Vulture is reporting that David Yates, who directed the last four "Harry Potter" films, has committed to helm the new Tarzan movie at Warner Bros. Pictures. They also posted a bit on possible candidates for the title role:

No word on its cast — Yates only committed to the project on Monday — but we hear that Yates is meeting with up-and-coming actors like Man of Steel's Henry Cavill, Pacific Rim headliner Charlie Hunnam, and True Blood's Alexander Skarsgård.

(We also hear that the studio is keen to get a meeting with Tom Hardy, who has put in his time on Warner Bros. blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises and Inception, but less clear is whether Hardy shares the studio’s enthusiasm for that part.)

The project has been in the works for some time. Craig Brewer was most recently attached to direct.


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David Yates Wants Alexander Skarsgard to Play Tarzan

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November 14, 2012

Alexander Skarsgard could be stepping into the role of Edgar Rice Burrough's iconic jungle hero. Variety reports that director David Yates wants the "True Blood" star to headline his upcoming Tarzan and that Samuel L. Jackson is up for a role as well.

Featuring a screenplay by Stephen Sommers and Stuart Beattie, the live action Warner Bros. project will adapt Burrough's 1912 book "Tarzan of the Apes."

Skarsgard recently starred in Peter Berg's Battleship and can soon be seen in Zat Batmanglij's The East, opposite Brit Marling, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Patricia Clarkson, Shiloh Fernandez and Aldis Hodge.

Jackson, who just starred in Marvel's The Avengers, is said to be up for the role of Williams, an original character for the film. Williams would be a Civil War veteran seeking redemption for his part in atrocities committed against Native Americans.

At this time, neither piece of casting is confirmed, but check back for details as they become available.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:02 am 
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Christoph Waltz to Menace Alexander Skarsgard's Tarzan

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September 26, 2013

David Yates' upcoming adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan has found a villain. Variety reports that Christoph Waltz has signed on to appear opposite Alexander Skarsgard in the Warner Bros. Pictures production.

Featuring a screenplay by Stephen Sommers and Stuart Beattie, the live action Warner Bros. project will adapt Burrough's 1912 book "Tarzan of the Apes."

Waltz, who has taken home Academy Awards for both Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, provided a voice for this year's animated fantasy Epic and will next appear in Terry Gilliam's The Zero Therom. His Tarzan role is, at this time, unknown, but the trade notes that the character is connected to the military in some capacity.

Although Tarzan does not yet have a green light at Warner Bros., a tentative summer 2014 shoot is being eyed.


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Samuel L. Jackson in Talks for David Yates' Tarzan Reboot

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December 11, 2013

Variety is reporting that veteran actor Samuel L. Jackson is currently in talks to join Alexander Skarsgard in Warner Bros.' reboot of Tarzan, directed by David Yates ("Harry Potter").

Produced by Jerry Weintraub and Alan Riche and exec. produced by Yates and Mike Richardson, not a lot is known about this new interpretation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' jungle-faring pulp hero, including what role Jackson might be up for, but the project has been struggling to get a green light for some time, which forced Jamie Foxx to pass on the role.

Yates finally put together a five-minute re-visualization presentation to present to Warner Bros. so they can understand how the movie would work, which got the project greenlit and moving forward.

The next piece of the puzzle is casting Tarzan's cultured love interest Jane, and the Variety article mentions that The Wolf of Wall Street's Margot Robbie is under consideration, although she doesn't have an offer yet, while Christoph Waltz is also already confirmed as part of the cast.


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Margot Robbie Eyed for Jane Role in David Yates’ Tarzan

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Jan 18, 2014

Margot Robbie, on the big screen now in The Wolf of Wall Street, is being eyed for the Jane role in Warner Bros.' reboot of Tarzan, to be directed by David Yates (the last four Harry Potter films). The Wrap reports that she'd appear opposite Alexander Skarsgard (in the Tarzan role), Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz.

Featuring a screenplay by Stephen Sommers and Stuart Beattie, the live-action film will adapt Edgar Rice Burroughs' 1912 book "Tarzan of the Apes," but is rumored to pick up at a point well past Tarzan's "origin story," instead following the hero after having returned to and been assimilated by British civilization of the era. The action will then follow the Burroughs hero on a mission into the Congo under orders from Queen Victoria.

Robbie also appeared in last year's About Time and can be seen coming up in Focus opposite Will Smith.


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Warner Bros.’ Tarzan to Swing Into Theaters on July 1, 2016

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Feb 11, 2014

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that the studio has entered into pre-production on a new live-action 3D Tarzan action adventure, bringing Edgar Rice Burroughs' legendary character back to the big screen. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, also announced that the film has been slated to open domestically on July 1, 2016.

Alexander Skarsgård (HBO's "True Blood") has been set to star as the man who was orphaned as a baby and raised in the jungle, later to return to the urban jungle of London. The film also stars Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction); Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), as Jane Porter, who becomes the love of Tarzan's life; and two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained).

David Yates, who helmed the last four "Harry Potter" blockbusters, will direct the new feature from a screenplay based on the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. A Jerry Weintraub production, the film is being produced by Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra, the "Ocean's" trilogy), together with David Barron and Alan Riche.

In making the announcement, Silverman said, "We have assembled a phenomenal international cast to tell this extraordinary story. Warner Bros. has also enjoyed long and successful collaborations with both David Yates and Jerry Weintraub, and we look forward to seeing what they and the entire team have in store for this timeless tale."

Kroll added, "Tarzan has been an enduring and enigmatic figure in literature and cinema for more than a century. The adventures of a man who was torn between two worlds has entertained and intrigued people young and old, and we are excited to bring him to the screen for a new generation."

Fellman stated, "This is a perfect entry for the summer movie season corridor, with a terrific combination of action, adventure, romance and suspense that is sure to appeal to a broad audience."

Jerry Weintraub added, "I am so pleased to be reuniting with the team at Warner Bros. on this thrilling project. David Yates and I are going to be using the best of today’s technology in creating this new adventure, and we can't wait to get started."

The other films currently scheduled for July 1, 2016 are Angry Birds and Independence Day 2.


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Djimon Hounsou Joins David Yates’ Tarzan

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Jun 04, 2014

Deadline reports that Djimon Hounsou has joined the cast of WB's upcoming Tarzan as Chief Mbonga, a character that appeared in a number of Edgar Rice Burroughs' original stories. Hounsou can be next seen on the big screen as Korath the Pursuer in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.

Featuring a screenplay by Stephen Sommers and Stuart Beattie, the live-action film will adapt Edgar Rice Burroughs' 1912 book "Tarzan of the Apes" but is rumored to pick up at a point well past Tarzan's "origin story," instead following the hero after having returned to and been assimilated by British civilization of the era. The action will then follow the Burroughs hero on a mission into the Congo under orders from Queen Victoria.

Alexander Skarsgård will star as the titular hero along with Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz. Directed by David Yates, Tarzan is scheduled to hit theaters on July 1, 2016.


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