Earlier this month David Yates announced plans to revive ''Tarzan'', the lionhearted hero raised by apes, for Warner Bros

By Geoff Boucher
Updated November 23, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST
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After a magical four-film tenure at Hogwarts, which made Harry Potter‘s David Yates the highest-grossing British director of all time, the 48-year-old is now turning his attention to the jungle. Alexander Skarsgård, the towering Swede of True Blood, is the reported front-runner for the title role. The project already has a rival: Constantin Film, the German company behind the Resident Evil franchise, announced in May that Kellan Lutz is on board for next year’s Tarzan, a CG-animated 3-D film. News of the reboots saved Tarzan from a sad centennial — 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the Edgar Rice Burroughs creation, but the milestone has been greeted with a shrug. For moviegoers the last notable version was the 1999 Disney animated film that featured Phil Collins ballads. Ron Ely, 74, who played Tarzan on the 1960s live-action TV series, wants the Yates film to be a bit darker: ”I hope they look for opportunities for him to go nuts,” he says. ”This is a very dangerous guy, and that has to be an undercurrent…. He comes from a feral place. Even when he’s not in the jungle, the jungle is in him.”

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