David Yates Set to Direct “Tarzan,” Now Who Will Be Tarzan?

By Kirsten Anderson Movie News

Who will put on the loin cloth of the original Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller? (Though we hope WB will spend a buck for a new loin cloth.)

You know how there are some proposed film projects you just hear about for years but never seem to get going? A new big screen version of the classic “Tarzan” by Edgar Rice Burroughs is one of those. Well, now we might finally have some progress–although other directors have circled the project, Vulture is saying that David Yates is definitely set to make this his next project. Yates is best known for having directed the last four Harry Potter films.Warner Brothers, which produced those films, is also making the Tarzan movie; considering how much money the Harry Potter movies made, you can understand their fondness for Yates.

“Tarzan of the Apes” is about a British boy raised by apes in an African jungle after his parents die. Things get complicated when an attractive American woman shows up and the adult Tarzan falls for her. He leaves the jungle to follow her (in later books he gets sick of civilization and he and Jane return to live in the jungle). In the 1930s, there were a series of popular Tarzan movies starring Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller. Another Burroughs’s novel adaptation, “John Carter” was a huge flop for Disney this summer, but that apparently has not scared off WB.

If there’s now a director then maybe casting isn’t too far away? Vulture’s sources say that Yates has met with Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam, and Alexander Skarsgard. While he is indeed loin cloth ready, I doubt Cavill will do it–he’s already locked into a WB franchise as Superman, so I don’t know if they want to spread him that thin or if he wants to take on another franchise type character. Hunnam has been in a number of movies and will next be seen in Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” but is probably known to more people for his work on TV’s “Sons of Anarchy.” Skarsgard has been doing movies, too, but is also known for his TV work, on HBO’s “True Blood.”

Hmmm…I think Skarsgard would be the obvious choice, but I kind of like the idea of Hunnam. Other suggestions welcome.

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