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    ERBzine.com/news Mummy director unwraps new Tarzan September 2, 2008 ~ Reuters/Hollywood Reporter
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      "Mummy" director unwraps new "Tarzan"
      September 2, 2008 ~ Reuters/Hollywood Reporter
      Stephen Sommers is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to bring a new version of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs creation "Tarzan, Lord of the Apes," to the big screen. The project was first announced two years ago with Guillermo del Toro attached to direct. But Sommers will get his shot now that Del Toro is committed to a four-year stint choreographing dwarves in New Zealand for the "Hobbit" movies.

      Over the decades, Tarzan has come in for any number of epic treatments, from John Derek's 1981 Jane-driven "Tarzan, the Ape Man," to the 1984 drama "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes," which famously earned pseudonymous screenwriter Robert Towne's dog, P.H. Vazak, an Oscar nomination. Disney released its take on the jungle king in 1999, replete with an incongruous (but Oscar-winning) Phil Collins soundtrack.

      Sommers and the project's screenwriter, Stu Beattie ("Collateral"), are developing an entirely new approach, which will be inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Tarzan of the Apes" book rather than the Disney film or otherwise, but isn't specifically based on that or any other previously material. With the "Mummy" movies, "The Scorpion King" and "Van Helsing," Sommers has become a connoisseur of the big-budget, effects-driven spectacle. More>>>
      Sommers circles new 'Tarzan'
      Director in negotiations for a reimagining of the classic
      September 2, 2008 ~ HollywoodReporter.com
      He's already tackled Huckleberry Finn and Mowgli, so let's see what Stephen Sommers can do with Tarzan. The "Jungle Book" director is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to bring a new version of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs creation "Tarzan, Lord of the Apes," to the big screen. "Collateral" screenwriter Stu Beattie will write the project with Sommers. Jerry Weintraub ("Ocean's Eleven") is producing through his Jerry Weintraub Prods. Jessica
      Goodman and Jesse Ehrman will oversee for the studio. More>>>
      Tarzan Returns: From Guillermo del Toro to Stephen Sommers
      Sommers in talks to direct 'Tarzan'
      Stuart Beattie to write script for WB, Weintraub
      September 2, 2008 ~ Variety.com
      Stephen Sommers is in negotiations to direct a bigscreen version of "Tarzan" for Warner Bros. and producer Jerry Weintraub. Sommers will also co-write the "Tarzan" script with Stuart Beattie. Warner Bros. and Weintraub have been developing "Tarzan" since 2003, when John August was hired to pen a new take on the Edgar Rice Burroughs-created character. Two years ago, the studio was negotiating with Guillermo del Toro to direct.

      Burroughs' "Tarzan of the Apes" was written in 1912. Onscreen, the ape-man character became strongly identified with Johnny Weissmuller during the 1930s in MGM's series of features. Warner Bros. put the character back on the bigscreen with its 1984 pic "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes," starring Christopher Lambert. Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow also made 1998's "Tarzan and the Lost City," starring Casper Van Dien. In 2003,
      Warner Bros. TV produced a short-lived "Tarzan" skein for the WB Network. Beattie's other credits include "Collateral," the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise and Baz Luhrmann's upcoming "Australia." More>>>

      Bill Hillman
      Editor and Webmaster for the
      Official Edgar Rice Burroughs Tribute Sites

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