Tarzan

Briefly: Seems like another high-profile, big-budget studio movie is in danger of getting the axe. Deadline is reporting David Yates’ Tarzan, which had Alexander Skarsgård attached and Jessica Chastain circling, is about to close its production offices. Insiders tell the trade the proposed budget is currently too high for the studio and while changes might be made, filming likely wouldn’t happen for some time.

Tarzan is yet another film Warners has chopped in recent years. Other examples include Legendary’s Paradise Lost with Bradley Cooper and the Akira remake, with Garrett Hedlund and Kristin Stewart. [Deadline]

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After making four of the most successful films of all time, director David Yates more or less had his pick of projects. He was originally looking at The Stand but eventually jumped onto Warner Bros. live-action version of the Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ character Tarzan. A laundry list of strapping leading men up were up for the title role with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård likely set to don the loin clothSamuel L. Jackson will also play a prominent role.

In the Tarzan myth, the role of Jane is obviously important too and a new report says Yates reportedly has his sights set on multiple-Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain for the part. Read More »

Alexander Skarsgård has been teetering on the verge of movie stardom for a while now, but even as peers like Tom Hardy and Henry Cavill have found their way to comic book tentpoles, Skarsgård’s mostly been alternating between TV roles (Generation Kill, True Blood), indies (Disconnect, What Maisie Knew), and supporting parts in higher-profile pics (Battleship). Not a bad path, but not quite the A-list career his fans have been predicting.

That may be about to change, though. Skarsgård is reportedly the frontrunner to lead David YatesTarzan, WB’s long-gestating adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ classic character. He could be starring alongside Samuel L. Jackson, who’s being considered for another key character. More details, including a plot description, after the jump.

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When you’re coming off four massively lucrative installments of one of the most successful cinematic series of all time, where do you go next? If you’re Harry Potter helmer David Yates, apparently, to the African jungle.

The filmmaker has just committed to Warner Bros.’ live-action Tarzan, one of several films in the works based on Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ character. And he’s wasting no time getting the pieces together, meeting with up-and-coming talents like Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam, Alexander Skarsgård, and Tom Hardy for the lead role. More details after the jump.

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UPDATE: A rep for Gary Ross has denied that the filmmaker is pursuing Warner Bros.’ Tarzan adaptation. Original story follows.

Could Edgar Rice BurroughsTarzan be the next classic tale to get several competing adaptations? Not only is a mo-capped 3D version featuring Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga) as the lord of the jungle coming together, but Warner Bros. has not one but two different variations on the story in the works. One is a potential trilogy that Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) has been working on since last year, and now the other one from screenwriter Adam Cozad is moving forward as David Yates, Gary Ross, and Susanna White emerge as contenders for the directing gig. More details after the jump.

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Until very recently, it looked like Harry Potter director David Yates and the former Hermione Granger, Emma Watson, would reunite to make a film based on the memoir Your Voice in My Head. The book tells the story of a young journalist who attempts suicide but is tethered back to life by a friendship with her psychiatrist. It was an interesting choice after Warner Bros. wooed Yates for a couple of much more obvious ‘big’ films, but also a promising one.

Now the film won’t happen in that configuration. Yates has moved on, reportedly for reasons having to do with a family health issue. Meanwhile, it seems like the show will go on. Read More »

One of the last two films Steven Soderbergh plans to shoot before retiring from directing is The Bitter Pill, a thriller scripted by Scott Z. Burns (The Informant!, Contagion) that follows a troubled and highly medicated woman (Rooney Mara) who is dealing with her anxiety pending the release of her husband (Channing Tatum) from prison.

The promising actress Vinessa Shaw (Two Lovers, pictured above, and 3:10 to Yuma) is now set to play the wife of one of Mara’s doctors, who will be portrayed by Jude Law. After The Bitter Pill, Soderbergh will move on to his Liberace biopic for HBO, and then he’s done. (So he says.) [Deadline]

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David Yates, the man who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, has been courted to make some big movies for Warner Bros in the wake of Potter’s finale, most notably the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand, and also the Alan Turing biopic Imitation Game.

While Yates was briefly attached to make The Stand, he pulled away from that film and instead has settled on something smaller: an adaptation of Emma Forrest‘s memoir Your Voice in My Head. And now it looks like Yates will have Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson along for the ride in the lead role. Read More »

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