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

     November 7, 2012


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.

tarzan-movieTarzan has been in development at WB for quite some time, with Footloose helmer Craig Brewer previously attached to the project.  The current iteration has an existing script by Adam Cozad (Jack Ryan), but it’s unclear whether Yates will commission a new draft.

Per Vulture, Yates is now taking meetings with actors to fill the lead role.  On his radar is Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim), and Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood, Battleship).  Warner Bros. is also keen on meeting with Tom Hardy for the project, but Vulture notes that it’s unknown if the Dark Knight Rises star is at all interested in Tarzan.  I have a hard time believing Cavill will want to tackle another high profile role directly after playing Superman in Man of Steel, but Hunnam and Skarsgard seem like fine choices.

Yates and Hardy actually have an existing relationship as the pair have been developing the Al Capone biopic Cicero together, so I imagine he’ll at least consider the project.  We don’t know what kind of Tarzan film Warner Bros. is looking to make, but Yates did a hell of a job on the last four Potters so I’m eager to see what he can bring to the table.  He flirted with a number of films in the wake of the ginormous WB franchise, including an adaptation of The Stand and the drama Your Voice in My Head, but he’s been very picky when it comes to actually committing to a project.


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