TARZAN Reboot Won't Go Into Production Until 2014; Jamie Foxx WAS In Talks For Unknown Role

David Yates is still attached to direct Tarzan for Warner Bros., but production on the movie has been shut down due to concerns about the budget. That means it's been pushed back to next year, while it has also been revealed that Jamie Foxx was in talks for a lead role.

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By Josh Wilding - 4/10/2013

Deadline reports that David Yates' planned reboot of the Tarzan franchise has run into trouble as Warner Bros. has today made the decision to halt production. The reimagining of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs tale had Alexander Skarsgard attached to play the title role, while Jessica Chastain was said to be in talks to play Jane. It sounds as if the reason for this is due to budgetary concerns, a problem which also plagued The Lone Ranger during its early stages. Whether this project can be saved or if it will go the same way as Akira and Paradise Lost remains to be seen. The site adds that the studio were courting Jamie Foxx to play the third lead, but no deal was put in place. Warner Bros. are hoping to try again next year, but had never actually green lit the film.

Source: Deadline
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jerryblake - 4/10/2013, 1:17 PM
FOX ?! third lead ?!

"Shuttering the production office". mother[frick]ers

BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 4/10/2013, 1:21 PM
I thought Sam mother[frick]ing Jackson had a role in it
marvel72 - 4/10/2013, 1:21 PM
hmmmmmm,jessica chastain is lovely.
CrashTest - 4/10/2013, 1:31 PM
Lets hope hes playing TARZAN and we get to see a different approach on the story. I'll pass on another great white hope film.
PaulRom - 4/10/2013, 1:35 PM
Disappointing. Has potential to be really good. I'd imagine that the role that they were trying to get Foxx for was the one that they originally had planned for Samuel Jackson.
JohnnyKrypton - 4/10/2013, 1:36 PM

Fox isn't exactly box office gold...

In any case, turning Tarzan into a buddy-cop flick and sending him on secret missions for Queen Victoria have nothing in common with the original character- so why bother?
jerryblake - 4/10/2013, 1:37 PM

this guy ... that is so wrong.

jerryblake - 4/10/2013, 1:40 PM
Urban Tarzan set in Detroit
gambgel - 4/10/2013, 1:41 PM
Warner Bros and their problems with their new big proyects. seems too familiar already
jerryblake - 4/10/2013, 1:47 PM
Did somebody say Buddy Cop Flick ?!

[frick] the Tarzan. Give me Avenging Force 2!!!

marvel72 - 4/10/2013, 1:56 PM
@ yossarian

awesome photo,i don't know how long it will stay up mate.
KidGoku - 4/10/2013, 1:57 PM
Jamie Foxx was offered the role of Kerchek. All jokes aside, I wonder how this would turn out.
jerryblake - 4/10/2013, 1:59 PM
Even the Ninjas got nothing against Dudikoff :)

Dovakiin - 4/10/2013, 2:07 PM
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jerryblake - 4/10/2013, 2:09 PM

then you should talk to Gusto first ...

jerryblake - 4/10/2013, 2:10 PM
He will challenge you in "The Game of Riddles".
Dovakiin - 4/10/2013, 2:10 PM
yay! my first response
jerryblake - 4/10/2013, 2:12 PM
uncanny201 - 4/10/2013, 2:16 PM

Wouldn't the story of a black man raised by animals in the wilderness of Africa coming into contact with the embodiment of White Western culture come across less as a "different approach" and more as a "thinly veiled representation of historic colonialism and the concept of the White Man's Burden"?
nach1wan - 4/10/2013, 2:31 PM
im sorry, reboot from what?
Superior - 4/10/2013, 2:36 PM
AlexDeLarge87 - 4/10/2013, 2:42 PM
Well [frick]! I was really looking forward a new Lord of the Jungle film.

Well have to go back to watch Tarzan: Epic Adventures. That was awesome series. :)

I bet Jamie Foxx would have been La the Queen of the Leopard Men. He plays woman pretty good.
RetroFit - 4/10/2013, 3:03 PM
Personally I'm glad they scrapped this if they were going to go the 'League of Extraordinary Gentleman' route by turning Tarzan into a superhero-cop working secret James Bond missions for Queen Victoria.
bagadoosh - 4/10/2013, 3:06 PM
tazmaniak - 4/10/2013, 3:09 PM
Paradise Lost, Akira, At the Mountains of Madness, Arthur & Lancelot, The Dark Tower and now Tarzan. It seems WB refuses to spend over $100M on a film that isn't a proven property.
jerryblake - 4/10/2013, 3:16 PM

SigmaCenturion - 4/10/2013, 3:17 PM
Better not be playing Tarzan.
CouchTater - 4/10/2013, 4:30 PM
I'm bummed that its being delayed but I don't want to see a crappy version. Next to Batman Tarzan is my favorite literary character, read every book and seen every movie, and has yet to be done properly.Hollywood doesn't seem to understand the duality of the character. I would love to see a faithful adaptation and the right actor for the part. This means no blonde Tarzan! And no Jamie Foxx please. I won't be seeing Amazing Spiderman 2 as a result of him being in it.
HRDWYR - 4/10/2013, 4:40 PM
JF shouldn't be cast as Tarzan. Its like doing Black Panther movie with Brad Pitt in the lead.

-just my two cents-
StrangerX - 4/10/2013, 5:20 PM
It would be nice if they put Paradise Lost back into production

Stupid ass mofo's would rather do Lone Ranger. Dumbass execs don't know a good thing when they see it.
gaikinger - 4/10/2013, 5:41 PM
i'll agree...Fox not playing War Machine was a giant missed opportunity. Downey and fox riffing off eachother? wow!
Shadowelfz - 4/10/2013, 6:31 PM
Tarzan? Seriously they were going to make another Tarzan movie?

Jesus just come up with something new already!
KillerTomato - 4/10/2013, 7:29 PM
They've been making Tarzan films for decades without insane budgets. Seriously...why would a Tarzan film need a massive budget? CGI animals? Landscapes? Seriously these things exist and can be done in a practical effects styles...
GnomeSauce - 4/10/2013, 7:58 PM
It probably would have turned out like the Conan remake anyway.
Ceejay - 4/10/2013, 8:15 PM
Oh, he's up for the unnecessary black-token role in another Hollywood adaptation re-imagining that's bending over backwards trying to appeal to the masses.
emoviefreak - 4/11/2013, 1:52 AM
Tarzan is a wonderful movies. I am a big fan of animation.

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