Samuel L. Jackson Swinging Over to Warner Bros. 'Tarzan' Adaptation
by Ethan Anderton
December 11, 2013
Warner Bros. new adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic novel Tarzan starring Alexander Skarsgard had some trouble back in April when the studio shut down the production offices due to some problems. Part of the issue was rounding up a cast to fit their schedule, but thankfully, the temporary shut down has worked out for the film from Harry Potter franchise director David Yates with a script featuring work from John August, Marianne Wibberley and Adam Cozad. Christoph Waltz is on board the revived film and now Samuel L. Jackson, who was once in the mix for a role before it was delayed, is in talks once gain to star.
For those just joining us, we've heard this new version of the classic character would follow John Clayton III (Skarsgard), the man known the world over as Tarzan, years after he's been worked back into society. The Queen asks him to investigate some conflict in the Congo, and Tarzan teams with ex-mercenary George Washington Williams to save the area from a warlord who controls a massive diamond mine. We don't know if these plot details are still intact, but when the project was revived, they learned Waltz would be playing a military figure who crossed paths with Tarzan, which fits in the previous plot description for the most part.
As of now, Jackson's role is undisclosed, but we suppose Jackson could play the ex-mercenary, but that's just speculation. After all, we're not sure how accurate that plot description is. In addition, the studio is eyeing Margot Robbie for the female lead, but there's no offer on the table just yet. In fact, the film doesn't yet have a greenlight, but it sounds like the studio is pretty close to letting the project move forward. Variety says a week before Thanksgiving, director David Yates and his team made a pre-visualization presentation to studio executives, and that seems to have turned some heads. Stay tuned for more.
At first I was going to complain about it being "too soon" but then I realized I was thinking of the live-action 'Jungle Book'.... so.... I'll wait and see.
lewinston on Dec 11, 2013
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