Warner Bros. has been working hard to get a new live-action Tarzan movie into production, going back to two years ago when the studio hired screenwriter Adam Cozad (Jack Ryan) and filmmaker Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Footloose (2011)) to write separate scripts.
The studio eventually decided to move forward with Cozad’s screenplay, attaching David Yates (the last four Harry Potter movies) to direct and eying True Bloodactor Alexander Skarsgård to play the famous man-ape, opposite Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain as the prim and proper Jane, and possibly Samuel L. Jackson in an important supporting role.
Filming was expected to begin this summer, but Deadline.com has learned that WB is (for the time being) closing the production offices for the project. It’s possible that a combination of incomplete casting and bad timing contributed to the studio’s decision, as none of the aforementioned actors have formally committed to Yates’ new take on Tarzan yet; indeed, in recent interviews, Skarsgård has been pretty vague about his involvement, telling CraveOnline.com “It’s a really, really good script but it’s also a very big movie so it’s not super easy to just get a project like that off the ground.”
Courtesy of screenrant.com