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It was revealed this morning that four-time Harry Potter director David Yates has lined up his first project since helming the J.K. Rowling series.

Vulture learned that Yates committed to Warner Bros.’ comic-to-film adaptation of Tarzan on Monday. He is reportedly meeting with actors Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim), and Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) for the role as the big man himself. Sources also say Warner Bros. wants Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), but his interest hasn’t yet been gauged.

News of Yates’ interest in the project first surfaced in June, but word had been mum since then.

Following Yates’ successful wrapping of the Harry Potter franchise, a tight relationship between he and the studio formed. At the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 press events in summer 2012, Yates made it clear that he planned to go on a vacation after working on Potter for six years straight.

Tarzan seems to be in a bit of an upward trend right now, as Twilight‘s Kellan Lutz is starring in a CGI version of the story for a 2013 release. “Tarzan and Jane Porter face a mercenary army dispatched by the evil CEO of Greystoke Energies, a man who took over the company from Tarzan’s parents, after they died in a plane crash,” read the summary.

Are you excited for a David Yates-directed ‘Tarzan’?

  • Ellen

    It seems like making remakes of old Disney movies is a trend now. I mean we had two Snow White movies out this year.

    • Ben

      to be fair, Tarzan was around and popular way before the Disney movie.

  • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

    Hopefully it’s not as big a flop as John Carter was! I’m slightly interested in this project due to Yates’ involvement…and potentially seeing Alexander Skarsgard shirtless.

  • d3erudite

    Screw Tarzan, get Yates to direct the Doctor Who movie

    • ravenclaw1991

      God no. Not after what he wanted to do with it.

    • Glaciusx


  • Jason

    I thought he had a family emergency? I would much rather see him return to Your Voice Inside My Head.

  • Glaciusx

    Seeing David Yates’ name makes me slightly nervous…..I don’t know how to feel about this. All I know is the Disney version was perfection and maybe we should just leave perfection alone…

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