HARRY POTTER Spinoff FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Confirmed for a Trilogy; Will Be Released across 2016, 2018, and 2020

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Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara made some major announcements this morning at an investors’ meeting.  Among those announcements was a confirmation that the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be a trilogy.  Tsujihara originally revealed this information to The New York Times back in March, and said they would be “three megamovies”, and I now assume “megamovie” means “license to print money”.  A press release also confirms that David Yates, who directed the final four Harry Potter movies, will helm Fantastic Beasts, which is being written by J.K. Rowling.

For those who don’t know, Fantastic Beasts is set in New York City, seventy years before the events of Harry Potter, and follows Newt Scamander, the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which became one of Harry’s schoolbooks.  The first movie is due out on November 18, 2016.  The next two movies will follow in 2018 and 2020, respectively.  Hit the jump for the press release.

HARRY POTTER Director David Yates in Talks to Helm Spinoff FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

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As the director behind the final four Harry Potter films starting with Order of the Phoenix, filmmaker David Yates was likely the most well-versed filmmaker in Potter lore.  Chris Columbus kicked the franchise off with the first two films, Alfonso Cuaron brought a maturity and unique artistic quality to the series, and Mike Newell injected his inherent Britishness into the franchise, but it was Yates who handled the conclusion of The Boy Who Lived.  And so it’s fitting that it now looks like he will get to start a Harry Potter franchise of his own, as news comes that Yates is in talks to helm the first installment in the spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  More after the jump.

Warner Bros. Sets July 1, 2016 Release Date for David Yates’ TARZAN 3D

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Warner Bros. has staked out a July 1, 2016 release date for its big-budget adaptation of Tarzan, in 3D no less.  The film has been in development for over a year and at one point was put on hold due to budget concerns, but it’s been picking up steam once again over the past few months.  David Yates is onboard to direct, making this his first feature since helming the final four Harry Potter films back-to-back, and True Blood actor Alexander Skarsgard is set in the titular role as Tarzan.  Margot Robbie—who shined as the female lead in The Wolf of Wall Street—will make the leap to franchise films playing Jane, and Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz are confirmed to co-star.

Currently, Independence Day 2 is also scheduled to open on that 4th of July weekend in 2016 alongside the Angry Birds movie, but either ID4 or Tarzan will likely shift to another weekend to avoid cannibalizing each other.  With this new date for Tarzan, 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for Warner Bros., as the studio will also launch Batman vs. Superman in May.  Read the full press release for Tarzan after the jump.

FX Orders New Drama TYRANT to Series for Summer 2014 Debut; Pilot Directed by David Yates

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FX is adding a new drama series to its roster from Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff.  The network announced today (via THR) that it has ordered Tyrant to series, scheduling it for a summer 2014 debut.  The story revolves around an American family that is drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation, and producers aimed high when crafting the pilot.  Ang Lee was initially signed on to direct the first episode, but he subsequently backed out citing exhaustion over the very long post-production and awards campaign process on Life of Pi.  In his stead, producers nabbed Harry Potter director David Yates to helm the pilot.

Production on Tyrant will begin in earnest this coming March in Tel Aviv and the show will debut next summer alongside Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain.  The cast for Tyrant includes Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom, and Justin Kirk.

Samuel L. Jackson in Talks for David Yates’ TARZAN; Christoph Waltz Confirmed

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Warner Bros.’ big screen adaptation of Tarzan is back on in a big way.  Though the project was initially planned as Harry Potter director David Yates’ follow-up to Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the studio put the brakes on the film due to budget concerns earlier this year.  Apparently all parties came to an agreement, as movement picked up again a few months ago with Christoph Waltz entering talks to star as the villain opposite Alexander Skarsgard, who will play the titular Tarzan.  Now Variety reports that Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to co-star with Skarsgard and adds that Waltz’s deal has closed.

Jackson was first linked to Tarzan over a year ago, when he was being eyed for the role of a Civil War veteran eager to redeem himself for his part in the massacre of Native Americans.  No word if that’s still the role Jackson will be playing, but Variety also notes that The Wolf of Wall Street star Margot Robbie is now the top choice to play Jane.  With the project heating up, expect to hear more casting news soon.

HARRY POTTER Director David Yates to Helm WHO IS JAKE ELLIS? Comic Adaptation

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While David Yates is finally getting his Tarzan film off the ground at Warner Bros., the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director is lining up another project at Fox.  Heat Vision reports that Fox has acquired the rights to the Image comic Who Is Jake Ellis? with Yates attached to direct.  Written by Nathan Edmonson and drawn by Tonci Zonjic, the espionage comic follows Jon Moore, a former CIA analyst and mercenary spy on the run who is protected by the mysterious title character, “a man seemingly invisible to everyone except Jon, but who has a unique knowledge of tradecraft that Jon desperately needs.”

Jake Ellis is decidedly darker territory for Yates, who helmed the final four Harry Potter films back-to-back after directing the British miniseries State of PlayPeter Chernin will produce the project, and Fox is currently out to writers while Yates gears up to start production on Tarzan early next year.

David Yates’ TARZAN Back on Track with Christoph Waltz in Talks for Villain Role; Emma Stone and Margot Robbie Eyed for Jane

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Tarzan may be swinging into theaters in a couple of years after all.  Director David Yates had been developing the project since 2012 as his follow-up to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, but earlier this year word came that Warner Bros. was putting the brakes on Tarzan due to budget concerns.  The future of the project was uncertain as potential filming was pushed to 2014, but now it appears that things are back on track as Christoph Waltz has entered talks to take on the villain role opposite Alexander Skarsgard, with an official greenlight potentially imminent.  Hit the jump for more.

David Yates in Final Talks to Direct SCARFACE Reboot

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I don’t know if you can top Scarface.  I’m not talking about Brian De Palma‘s 1983 awful, bloated remake.  I’m talking about the original Howard Hawks film that’s more about emotion and hubris rather than the efficacy of grenade launchers and chainsaws.  Either way, the original and the remake have their fans, but Universal is trying to bring the “shame of a nation” back to the big screen again.  According to Deadline, Universal Pictures is high on a current draft they have for a Scarface reboot, and they have Harry Potter director David Yates in final talks to direct.  The new version will presumably take the ethnic and geographical aspects of the previous two movies and then reposition them into a 21st century context.

Even though I’m somewhat indifferent to another Scarface movie, I’d be happy to see Yates do anything.  His career has been in a holding pattern since 2011′s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.  He was going to direct Your Voice in My Head, but then dropped out, and his Tarzan movie seems to have stalled.  However, this new Scarface could be the closest Yates comes to directing the Al Capone biopic he’s wanted to do for years.

HARRY POTTER Helmer David Yates Replaces Ang Lee as Director of FX Pilot TYRANT

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Though the pilot for the potential FX drama series Tyrant was dealt a blow when Ang Lee backed out of the director’s chair over understandable concerns that he was too exhausted following the production, release, and awards run of Life of Pi, another exciting filmmaker has stepped in as his replacement.  THR reports that David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter films to great success, has stepped in to direct the pilot for Tyrant.  Developed by Homeland showrunner/executive producer Howard Gordon, Tyrant centers on an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle East nation.

The move comes as Yates has had some trouble firming up his post-Potter project.  He initially flirted with the low-key drama Your Voice In My Head before ultimately leaving that project, and most recently Yates has been developing a Tarzan reboot at Warner Bros. starring Alexander Skarsgard.  WB recently put the brakes on Tarzan due to budget concerns and it’s unknown when/if the project might get going again, but Tyrant makes for an exciting directorial choice for Yates in the meantime.

BOND 24 Director Search Continues; Nicolas Winding Refn, Shane Black, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, and David Yates Under Consideration [UPDATED]

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After Sam Mendes opted not to return to helm the upcoming 24th installment of the James Bond franchise, Eon and Sony Pictures have been on the hunt for a new director with an eye towards getting the next film out by 2016.  While rumors swirled recently that Christopher Nolan was considering the job, the notion seemed highly unlikely because A.) he’s busy prepping to shoot Interstellar this summer and B.) he has already stated in the past that he’d like to direct a Bond film when he can reboot the franchise with a new actor.

Following Mendes’ Skyfall will be no small task, but it appears that Eon and Sony are aiming for the cream of the filmmaking crop as directors such as Ang Lee, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Iron Man 3 helmer Shane Black have reportedly been considered for the director’s chair.  Hit the jump for more. [Update: Now Deadline reports that Sam Mendes has changed his mind and is in talks to return to helm Bond 24.  Read the full story here.]

Future of David Yates’ TARZAN Uncertain at Warner Bros; Potential Filming Pushed to 2014

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Director David Yates—who helmed the final four Harry Potter films—is having a bit of trouble getting a post-Potter project off the ground.  He was initially attached to direct the small-scale drama Your Voice in My Head with Emma Watson and Stanley Tucci attached to star, but was subsequently forced to drop out of the director’s chair for personal reasons.  After briefly flirting with a large-scale adaptation of The Stand, Yates then moved on to a reimagining of Edgar Rice BurroughsTarzan as his next project.

The filmmaker has been developing Tarzan since last summer and recently set True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard as his lead.  We learned last month that Jessica Chastain was circling the Jane role, but now Warner Bros. is putting the brakes on the project due to budget concerns.  Hit the jump for much more.

Jessica Chastain in the Running to Play Jane in David Yates’ TARZAN?

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It appears that Warner Bros. and director David Yates may have settled on who they want to play Jane in the upcoming Tarzan adaptation.  Word on the project has been fairly quiet since Yates committed to it as his next project after helming four Harry Potter films back-to-back.  Last November, it was reported that Alexander Skarsgard was the frontrunner to tackle the title role in the film, with Samuel L. Jackson being eyed for a supporting role as a an ex-mercenary who helps Tarzan save the Congo from a warlord.  Now word comes that recent Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain is being eyed to tackle the role of Jane in the film.  Hit the jump for more.

Alexander Skarsgard Frontrunner for David Yates’ TARZAN; Samuel L. Jackson Eyed for Supporting Role

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We just recently learned that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director David Yates had finally settled on Warner Bros.’ Tarzan adaptation as his post-Potter project, and now it appears that things are moving rather quickly on the film.  At the time, we heard that Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), and Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) were in the running for the titular lead role, with WB also interested in Tom Hardy should the actor spark to the idea.  Now it appears that a frontrunner has emerged in the form of the 6’4″ Swede Skarsgard.  Hit the jump for more.

David Yates Settles on TARZAN as His Next Project; Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam, Alexander Skarsgard, and Tom Hardy Eyed for Lead

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Director David Yates has understandably taken his time in choosing his next project after helming four Harry Potter films back-to-back, but it appears that he’s finally made a decision.  We learned this past June that Yates was interested in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Edgar Rice BurroughsTarzan, but at the time a few other directors were eyeing the project and no official discussions had taken place.  Now Yates has officially committed to Tarzan as his next project, and he’s already meeting with actors to fill the iconic titular role.  Hit the jump for more.

5 Suggestions for Who Should Direct STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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It was bound to happen some day.  Star Wars: Episode VII is becoming a reality now that Disney has purchased LucasFilm, and set a release date for 2015.  George Lucas has gracefully bowed out of the director’s chair, and given the reigns over to producer Kathleen Kennedy, although it remains to be seen how much influence he’ll have over future Star Wars films.

But since the director’s chair is open and we all love pretending we’re Hollywood executive, let’s play Suggest!  That!  Director!  This is the fun part since we have no idea what the story will be and who would be appropriate for that story.  However, we do have a vibe of what a Star Wars movie is, or at least what a Star Wars movie should be (i.e., the originals, not the prequels).  So who’s the right director to make a worthy successor to the original movies?  Hit the jump for my suggestions.

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