David Yates was a ridiculously busy man making four Harry Potter movies over the space of four years, but since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 he’s taken his time to plot his follow-up. While there have been various things in the works he’s bided his time. Now it appears his next film will be a new take on Tarzan, as Vulture reports that Yates has signed on the dotted line to direct Tarzan for Warner Bros.
Things are already moving forward as the director is also meeting with actors such as Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam, and Alexander Skarsgård for the title role. There’s no news on who might be the frontunner though. Warner Bros. is also apparent interested in bringing on Tom Hardy to star in the title role, after his performances in the studio’s blockbusters such as Inception and The Dark Knight Rises.
This is the same version of Tarzan that Footloose director Craig Brewer signed on to helm in June 2011, but he has since dropped out. The character was created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1912, and has been the basis of numerous movie and TV adaptation. Constantin Film also has its own mo-cap Tarzan project starring Kellan Lutz.