Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
For a moment this summer, David Yates‘ Tarzan looked like it could be shut down for good. But now that it’s back on track, it seems to be chugging along at a good speed.
The Edgar Rice Burroughs-based adventure has been amassing quite an interesting cast, with Alexander Skarsgard attached to play the King of the Jungle and Christoph Waltz on board for the villain. The latest addition to that roster could be Samuel L. Jackson, who’s officially entered talks after circling the project early on. Hit the jump for the latest details.
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Kellan Lutz (Twilight) isn’t just the other Hercules (the one that isn’t The Rock), he’s also the new digi-Tarzan. For Tarzan 3D, the actor provided the voice work and mo-cap performance for the title character, who does all the hanging with apes and swinging on vines that you’d expect from a Tarzan story. When we saw the first teaser for the film over a year ago, it was impossible to tell what this version offers that others don’t.
Now a full trailer gives us some idea of what’s unique to this version: global stakes. Because in this version, there’s a mountain that houses a centuries-old asteroid that turns out to be a massive energy source. And so Greystoke appears in this telling not as a moneyed old English title, but as an energy company hungry to gain possession of the mountain. It’s too early to say that the founders of Gerystoke Energies will turn out to be Tarzan’s late parents, but that’s what the name and the opening shot suggest.
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Posted on Thursday, September 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
After mixing it up with a good guy role in Django Unchained, Christoph Waltz could head back to the dark side for Tarzan. Warner Bros. and director David Yates reportedly want Waltz to play the villain in the big-budget adventure, opposite Alexander Skarsgard as the King of the Jungle.
Meanwhile, the studio is also getting serious about casting for the female lead role of Jane, with Emma Stone and Margot Robbie among the names being eyed. Hit the jump to get the info on Waltz’s character and more.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Even casual Disney fans have likely noticed that the studio’s various animated features often contain subtle nods at each other. Rapunzel from Tangled has Disney fairy tale books in her collection, Nani from Lilo & Stitch has a Mulan poster, et cetera. But what if these aren’t mere sight gags from playful animators. What if, instead, they’re hard evidence that all of these movies take place in the same universe?
In an homage of sorts to Jon Negroni’s The Pixar Theory, Josh Butler posits that 30 of Disney’s animated features share a world. His thesis requires some suspension of disbelief — for one thing, it involves a lot of magic and time travel — but it’s fun to think about nonetheless. Hit the jump to see how Butler’s theory shakes out.
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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]
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 cloth, Samuel 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 »
Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
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 Yates‘ Tarzan, 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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Posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
UPDATE: A rep for Gary Ross has denied that the filmmaker is pursuing Warner Bros.’ Tarzan adaptation. Original story follows.
Could Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ Tarzan 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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Briefly: How do you like your Tarzan? On the page? Maybe in old serial adventure form? Since I saw Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan as a kid, I’m still a bit partial to the serious live-action thing — the Batman Begins version of Tarzan — but maybe you like the Disney animated version. No matter what the answer is, I’m not sure how people will respond to a CG animated version in which Kellan Lutz (Twilight) will perform a mo-capped version of the old Edgar Rice Burroughs character.
There are some updates: Tarzan’s parents are killed in a plane crash, and ultimately the jungle-raised guy comes up against the new CEO of Greystoke Energies, an oh-so modern villain, who even has a mercenary army. Jane will likely be played by Spencer Locke (Resident Evil, Detention), and the character is the daughter of an African guide, and an avid conservationist.
Reinhard Klooss will direct; he wrote with Yoni Brenner and Jessica Postigo. Constantin Films, which produced the Resident Evil films and the recent The Three Musketeers, is making this one, so that should clue you in on what to expect. [THR]