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Guillermo del Toro to direct "Tarzan"

By Karl Schneider     December 15, 2006
Source: Variety


Director Guillermo del Toro (right) with a Reaper on the set of BLADE II
© 2002 New Line Productions
According to Variety, Warner Bros and Jerry Weintraub are developing a new take on Tarzan and are negotiating with Guillermo del Toro with regards to the directors chair.

"I'd love to create a new version that is still a family movie, but as edgy as I can make it," Del Toro said. "There are strong themes of survival of a defenseless child left behind in the most hostile environment."

John Collee (Master and Commander) is in talks to write the screenplay and Del Toro says he won't meddle or help.

I'm not really sure what to think about this.  On one hand, Del Toro is one hell of a director and a darker Tarzan could be interesting.  On the other hand, Del Toro isn't writing or even helping with the script and I got my fill of boar hunts with Apocalypto.  I just can't seem to imagine a plot that would interest me, but a solid trailer and good reviews will get my rear into the theaters.  I'll wait and see on this one.

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exfan 12/15/2006 2:01:46 AM
that s good ! think about it, Del toro is perfect for make things brutal, dark, viril and violent ! Tarzan, the real story, the guys was alone in a jungle, he suppose to survive in the hostile environment, he have to be cruel ! More beast than the beast...so the walt disney character was for the young public, but with that guy can be real dark, real good, I have a good feeling, Half beast half human....please not like greystoke with christophe lambert !!!!
wessmith1966 12/15/2006 6:51:30 AM
I like Del Toro and I could see him making Tarzan a very dark and dangerous predator whose world is turned upside down when he sees the fair-skinned Jane. I'd like to see Tarzan written as this "Lord of the Jungle" who commands the animals and is revered in a godlike way by the jungle's tribal inhabitants.
snallygaster 12/15/2006 7:17:14 AM
It'll be interesting to see what Del Toro can do within the parameters of making it a "family movie" yet still being as "edgy" as he can.
fft5305 12/15/2006 8:59:47 AM
I think for this to be good, GDT will have to get involved at least in some way with the plotting/writing and abandon the whole "family" aspect. Go dark. Solid R territory here. If people want a family Tarzan, they can watch the Disney version. Btw, what was wrong with Greystoke? Other than a badly dubbed Jane, I enjoyed it.
wessmith1966 12/15/2006 9:22:44 AM
Yeah, I liked Greystake too, but thought some of the acting left a lot to be desired. The apes didn't exactly look too real, either. Overall though, I thought Lambert did a good job.
cobracommander 12/15/2006 10:22:56 AM
Greystoke is, to date, by far the best cinematic version of Tarzan. It is definitely the closest in feel to the original novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I personally would like to see a very mature themed take like Philip Jose Farmer's, "What if Tarzan were real?" version (A Feast Unknown, The Lord of the Trees, etc.) but that will never happen, so for now, as long as he approaches the subject matter seriously and stays more or less true to ERB's stories, then I am game for Del Toro's take on Tarzan.
monkeyfoot 12/15/2006 10:29:40 AM
Wow! First the Shadow, now Tarzan! All my old time classic heroes are coming back. Like everyone above, I want to see the darker, commanding Lord of the Apes. In an interview I read with creator Burroughs, he thought being raised in the wild, then "book educated" would create the perfect man who would be the master in whatever situation you put him in. That's what I want to see.
awakenangel 12/15/2006 12:49:44 PM
revered in a godlike way to it's inhabitants!? give me a break, the tv show which was not bad but the majority did not like it. let it stay in the cartoon format and find a more interesting hero.
Korinthian 12/15/2006 1:46:46 PM
Tarzan was interesting to the public when the jungle was a mystic place and nobody had ever seen a chimp cleaning a tree-house for its master. Nowadays the jungle is just a place where we get our furniture and we view elephants as a poor indian man's truck. I have a hard time seeing this work, but I'm hoping for a nice surprise.
muchdrama1 12/15/2006 1:56:26 PM
Great. Del Toro will turn Tarzan into some dark, dank, campy also ran. Ugh.
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