‘Tarzan’ Reboot Moving Forward; Christoph Waltz & Emma Stone Eyed for Roles

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Franchise-building is the name of the game in Hollywood and, for their part, Warner Bros. has multiple DC comic-based movies (Batman vs. Superman) and TV shows (Gotham, The Flash) cooking in the kitchen. However, the studio has also been planning to dust off one of the longest-running cinematic properties in film history, with a new Tarzan movie installment; that is, despite having delayed the project earlier this year, in order to (what else?) cut down the cost and avoid potential scheduling conflicts.

David Yates – who directed the fifth through eighth installments in the Harry Potter series (another prosperous franchise that WB is revisiting, with the Fantastic Beasts spinoff) – is onboard to helm the film, which stands to be the first studio-backed Tarzan live-action movie released in the 21st century (a telling qualifier, yes, but moving on…). True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård is still lined up to headline as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ iconic “ape-man,” but previously-rumored cast members like Samuel L. Jackson and Jessica Chastain do not appear to be either tapped for and/or circling the project at this time.

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Variety is reporting that Oscar-magnet (when he’s in a Quetin Tarantino movie, anyway) Christoph Waltz has entered talks to play the villain role, as featured in the most recent script draft written by Adam Cozad (Jack Ryan). Things may’ve changed significantly over the past ten months, but here is how Variety described the plot for the Tarzan reboot (back when the site reported on Skarsgård being wanted for the lead role):

Years after he’s re-assimilated into society, [John Clayton III, a.k.a. Tarzan] is asked by Queen Victoria to investigate the goings-on in the Congo. Tarzan teams with an ex-mercenary named George Washington Williams to save the Congo from a fierce warlord who controls a massive diamond mine.

Again, if we assume that Cozad’s draft hasn’t been completely abandoned, then it sounds as though Waltz could be up to play the “fierce warlord” looking to exploit Africa’s natural resources for his own gain. Interestingly, the George Washington Williams role was the one that Jackson has been considering; that is, before Waltz’ Django Unchained costar Jamie Foxx (reportedly) began circling the role. Once again, for the time being, there’s no indication that either of those lauded stars are (or, alternatively, are not) still in the running.

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Meanwhile, Yates is taking meetings with actresses about the female lead role of American Jane Porter, with the two names mentioned so far being Emma Stone – who will reprise as Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014 – and Margot Robbie, whose career is on the rise (after a stumble with her Pan Am TV series being canceled last year) with her upcoming roles in Richard Curtis’ About Time, Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street and Crazy, Stupid, Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s con artist comedy Focus (costarring Will Smith).

The Tarzan reboot’s prospective buddy-adventure setup is reminiscent of this year’s Lone Ranger reboot, yet it looks as though the former has more going for it than Disney’s costly western misfire. Not least of all, because Yates seems more likely to deliver a full-blooded serial adventure throwback with good character and thematic development – rather than, attempt to blend a rumination on genre within the format of a tentpole that studio heads are more willing to get behind (a la Lone Ranger).

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Tarzan has not yet been officially given a greenlight, but that is expected to change before the year ends (with a Summer 2014 production start date in mind). We’ll keep you posted.

Source: Variety

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  1. If christoph waltz takes the villian role i guarentee he will pull the same shtick from django and inglorious

    • That’s the first thing I thought. His schtick is getting old. Playing basically same character in every movie.

      • While there are some similarities in the delivery of his lines, I think you’re wrong in saying his characters are “basically the same”.

        • I didnt say the charactera were the same i said his shtick. Both uses german randomly, were goofy in an elegent and scary kinda way. there is more similarities than diffrences between those 2 characters. Its his shtick much like RDJ fast talking comedy

  2. I’m not really into Tarzan but if Emma Stone and Christopher Waltz are in it, I’m def going to keep an eye on this.

  3. Zero fux given.

    • Celibate.

  4. Oh god, can we please kill this Tarzan thing? It is an absurdly racist story with very few redeeming qualities. Do people really want to see yet another adaptation?

    • Why do so many people love my raised middle finger so much that they want to bring up the racist thing all the time?

    • how is it racist?

    • Oh for crisakes! Stop with the racist BS. Burroughs didn’t create Tarzan to be superior to the black race. He created a character endowed with great intelligence, and physical abilities far beyond those of the other men. With these endowments he rose above his environment and the creatures and men who populate his world. Africa just happens to be populated with black people. It’d be the same if Africa was populated with white, red or yellow races.

    • Oh for crysakes! Stop with the racist BS. Burroughs didn’t create Tarzan to be superior to the black race. He created a character endowed with great intelligence, and physical abilities far beyond those of the other men of any race. With these endowments he rose above his environment and the creatures and men who populate his world. Africa just happens to be populated with black people. It’d be the same if Africa was populated with white, red, brown or yellow races.

    • “Do people really want to see yet another adaptation?” Hell, why not? A good Tarzan movie hasn’t been made yet. It’s time. It’s past time. Do you or others say the same thing about the adaptations of the Superman films? Batman? Star Trek? Star Wars? Spiderman? Other Marvel character? Why not Tarzan? He’s the original super hero created in 1912. Racist? Well, there is racism in the original story, but it is not a racist book. Africa just happens to be populated with black people. If the savages were white, red, brown or yellow, it would have been the same story. It’s not white against black. it’s Tarzan against the savages who killed his foster mother, a giant she-ape.

  5. Another antiquated story that if not handled correctly could be another Lone Ranger.

  6. I would favor an adaptation closer to the original.
    I guess what we will be seeing is John Clayton reverting
    to his lord of the apes persona to gain advantage, or something.

    Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes was the
    best Tarzan version and one of my all-time favorite films.

    • And with a contender for my all-time favorite movie theme.
      By John Scott with a nod to Sir Edward Elgar’s Symphony No.1

    • Greystoke seemed to be the only one interested in telling the story and not play to the campy, tasteless aspects of other adaptations.

      • Yes, Slayer. I think that distinguishes the film.

        It is too late for John to return to the world he was
        born into and he returns to the world he grew up in.

        John loses everyone who was dear to him.
        And I lose it every time I watch the film.

    • Greystoke had one of the worst casting choices for the role of Tarzan that I have ever seen. Christopher Lambert never came anywhere near to being the image of Tarzan. And after the 1st half of that movie, it went straight downhill.

  7. Phil collins should do the music for this

  8. Been rebooted more than a ZX81

  9. Well….at least there’s a black Human Torch ;-)

  10. Alexander Skarsgard is not a good choice for playing Tarzan. Not even if he spent the next 6 months in the gym bulking up a little and darkening his skin tone and blackening his hair. Well, maybe. I don’t think so though.

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