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Warner Bros Studios Leavesden To Expand In UK; ‘Tarzan’ Swings Into Residence

Warner Bros Studios Leavesden To Expand In UK; ‘Tarzan’ Swings Into ResidenceOn the heels of news that Pinewood Studios has received a greenlight for its expansion plans, Warner Bros Studios Leavesden is also getting ready to grow, adding three new stages and increasing office space. The studios, also known as the home of Harry Potter, were opened in 2012 after Warner invested more than £100M to rebuild and expand the London-adjacent facility to serve as its UK base. It has since played host to such films as Doug Liman’s Edge Of Tomorrow, Ron Howard’s Heart Of The Sea, and Guy Ritchie’s Man From U.N.C.L.E. It’s now adding to its roster David Yates’ Tarzan with Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L Jackson and Christoph Waltz. The film started production today at Leavesden, joining Joe Wright’s Pan which has been filming there since April.

To meet the constantly increasing need for space in the UK where foreign productions are being lured in droves by lucrative film and TV tax credits, Leavesden will add one new 35,000 square foot and two new 17,000 square foot buildings, as well as 20,000 square feet of adjacent office space. The work will be completed by the end of the year. At that point, the facility will have 13 sound stages. A further two buildings located next to the lot have also been acquired to grow the production office space by 105,000 square feet. Earlier this year, the studio added an extra 50,000 square feet of workshop space, a 62,500 square foot external … Read More »

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Djimon Hounsou Joins ‘Tarzan’

By | Wednesday June 4, 2014 @ 10:53am PDT
Mike Fleming

djimonEXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has set Djimon Hounsou to join Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie in the David Yates-directed Tarzan. Hounsou will play Chief Mbonga in the action adventure. He has a voice role in How To Train Your Dragon 2, which opens June 13, and next will be onscreeen in Guardians Of The Galaxy. Repped by CAA, The Safran Company and Robert Offer, he’s also shooting Fast & Furious 7 and Air.

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Warner Bros’ ‘Tarzan’ Swinging Forward With Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie & July 2016 Release Date

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 11:30am PST

margot robbie tarzanAlexander Skarsgard tarzanAfter putting the brakes on their 3D live-action Tarzan pic last year, Warner Bros is charging ahead again with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård set to play the loinclothed Edgar Rice Burroughs hero. The pic, now in preproduction, will open on July 1, 2016, the studio said today. warner_bros_logo-2__130321233618__130419003343__131121204956__131213030736__140121202406Skarsgård was attached to star in the David Yates-helmed pic when the studio cautiously stalled plans to move forward last spring. At the time Jessica Chastain was circling the female lead, but now the Jane role has gone to Margot Robbie who had a breakout turn in Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street this fall.

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Tarzan will tell the familiar tale of the eponymous hero, orphaned as a baby and raised in the jungle, who returns to urban London as a man. Samuel L. Jackson and his Django Unchained co-star Christoph Waltz will also star. Jerry Weintraub, David Barron and Alan Riche are producing. Read More »

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‘Tarzan’ Dying On The Vine At Warner Bros?

By | Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 1:02pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Alexander SkarsgardEXCLUSIVE: Things are not looking very good right now for Tarzan, the re-imagining of the Edgar Rice Burroughs tale that has Harry Potter helmer David Yates preparing to make it this year, with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard playing the title character and Zero Dark Thirty‘s Jessica Chastain circling the female lead. I’m hearing they’ve shut down plans to make the film this year, and are shuttering the production office. Sounds like it had to do with a high budget they just couldn’t reduce to the level that made the studio comfortable. Casting and timing could also have been an issue, as word is the studio had been courting Jamie Foxx to play the film’s third lead but hadn’t made a deal. This is the film that Warner Bros has tried to get going for years, even hiring scribes Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer to separately script their own visions for the franchise.

Nobody was commenting officially, but insiders at the studio tell me they are trying again for 2014 and that Yates is still in the fold. The studio hadn’t greenlit the film and did not have pay or play deals, so it wasn’t that hard to apply the brakes. Warner Bros is always voracious for franchises that can play on a global stage, but the studio also has been pretty bold about unplugging films that cost too much or don’t get the … Read More »

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Director Talk: David Yates For ‘Tarzan,’ Christopher McQuarrie For ‘Without Remorse’

Mike Fleming

No deals have been made, but I am hearing that things are getting serious between Warner Bros and Harry Potter director David Yates on Tarzan, the long gestating film about the tree swinging ape man. At the same time, Paramount is courting Christopher McQuarrie for Without Remorse, an equally long gestating thriller based on the Tom Clancy book about Clark the mercenary who appeared in the Jack Ryan films, and who was played in Clear in Present Danger by Willem Dafoe. In Without Remorse, Clark is a Navy SEAL turned CIA operative who is bent on revenge after a drug dealer kills his girl. Warner Bros has denied Yates is set and Paramount insiders have said they would look to McQuarrie for a new draft of a script originated by Shawn Ryan. But Paramount is high on McQuarrie for the job  he did directing Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher, based on the Lee Child novels. Stay tuned.

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‘Twilight Saga’s Kellan Lutz To Play Tarzan In Constantin Movie

By | Thursday May 3, 2012 @ 6:18pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Twilight Saga‘s Kellan Lutz will star as Tarzan in the Constantin film that will be directed by Reinhard Klooss (Animals United). The film is fully animated CGI with motion capture. Written by by Jessica Postigo, Yoni Brenner (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs) and Kloos. Spencer Locke is in talks to play Jane. Warner Bros has long been beating its chest about making a movie about the vine swinging he-man, but the studio will have to hurry to keep pace with Constantin.

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Craig Brewer Makes ‘Tarzan’ Deal, Writing Ape Man Saga As Trilogy

By | Thursday June 2, 2011 @ 9:48am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has locked Craig Brewer into a deal to write and direct a new installment of Tarzan. Brewer has come up with a take that tells the Tarzan story over three films. He hopes the first one will be his next directing assignment. Warner Bros, which has been stymied in watching several attempts to relaunch the  Edgar Rice Burroughs-created hero die on the vine, separately has screenwriter Adam Cozad working on a script that tells a different version of the man raised by apes in the jungles of Africa from infancy. Cozad’s recent work includes the Jack Ryan reboot and Archangel, the pic that has Tron: Legacy‘s Joseph Kosinski attached. How the studio decides which film to make remains to be seen, but clearly Warner Bros is determined to revive a live action Tarzan.  This is a passion project for Brewer, who is in demand after directing the remake of Footloose for Paramount, and chose this over other opportunities. Jerry Weintraub is producing with Alan Riche and Tony Ludwig. Tarzan has been a fixture of films since the Depression, most notably in the series of films that starred Olympic swimmer Johnny Weismuller.

Brewer, whose Footloose will be released October 14 with newcomers Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough starring, last directed Black Snake Moan and Hustle & Flow. He’s repped by WME.

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Warner Bros Has One, Maybe Two Tarzan Pic Swinging From The Vine

By | Friday May 6, 2011 @ 10:41am PDT
Mike Fleming

Warner Bros has been trying to get its Tarzan movie up and running for several years. Now, I’m hearing that the studios is trying again, and word on the vine is they might well commission two separate scripts that’ll be written simultaneously. One will be by Adam Cozad, a rising scribe whose recent work includes the Jack Ryan reboot and Archangel, the pic that has Tron: Legacy‘s Joseph Kosinski attached. I also hear that the studio is talking to Craig Brewer about doing a different version of the picture. This has been done before on big pictures, and usually the studio makes a decision on which way to go when they both come in. Sometimes, the other script is the next movie in the franchise. But it certainly gives hope that Tarzan will be swinging in the jungle before too long. Cozad’s repped by ICM and Gotham Group, Brewer by WME.

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