Warner Bros.' upcoming remake of "Tarzan" earned a lot of exciting attention when it was announced back in June. At the time, both "Harry Potter" helmer David Yates and "The Hunger Games" director Gary Ross were considering tackling the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs story, and it seems like one of them has finally emerged victorious.
Vulture is reporting that Yates committed to direct "Tarzan" on Monday, and that he's already looking for his leading man. This will be Yates' first non-"Harry Potter" movie since he directed "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" back in 2007.
Warner Bros.' planned remake of "Tarzan" is gathering together some impressive directing talent. Maybe the studio is trying to give the classic story the young adult treatment, because two of the directors vying to helm the flick have established themselves as forces to be reckoned with when it comes to making movies for tweens, teens and twentysomethings.
Deadline is reporting that David Yates, Gary Ross and Susanna White are all interested in directing the project. The site doesn't give us any more than that, but we can guess some general information on the project based on the talents involved.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" got snubbed at the Oscars. It's something that most of us here on the MTV Movies Blog team -- and many of you fans out there -- can agree on. But apparently leading man Daniel Radcliffe agrees with us, and he's made his displeasure known.
"There's a certain amount of snobbery," Radcliffe said in an interview with the Radio Times (via The Guardian). "It's kind of disheartening. I never thought I'd care. But it would've been nice to have some recognition, just for the hours put in."
"I don't think the Oscars like commercial films, or kids' films, unless they're directed by Martin Scorsese," Radcliffe added. "I was watching Hugo the other day and going, 'Why was this nominated and we're not?' I was slightly miffed."
Emma Watson and her "Harry Potter" director David Yates could be reuniting for the big screen, just don't expect the boy wizard to be involved. In other news, Ed Harris and Michael Bay could also be reuniting, Colin Firth ties the "Devil's Knot" and Alan Arkin, Al Pacino and Christopher Walken turned out to be "Stand Up Guys."
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The wizarding world of "Harry Potter" and the Whoverse are about to collide. "Deathly Hallows" director David Yates has announced his partnership with BBC to direct a big-screen take on "Doctor Who," the long-running British television series about the sci-fi exploits of the Time Lord. Yates says the movie has no writers as of yet, is two to three years from beginning production, and will have little to nothing to do with the "Who" continuity that's come before. Get all the details here.
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Warner Bros has their Oscar campaign for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" under control. A new ad for their For Your Consideration crusade highlights every single tear-jerking moment from the film. Snape's memories? Check. Harry's walk into the forest? Check. The King's Cross Station scene? Absolutely. Only time will tell whether it has what it takes to convince the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to give it a best picture nod, but it certainly has us poised to go out and buy the DVD when it hits stores Friday.
"Harry Potter" meets Stephen King? Perhaps not the likeliest combination, but it's one we're about to see all the same.
David Yates, director of the final four "Potter" films, and writer Steve Kloves, who adapted all but one of Jo Rowling's magical novels for the big screen, are reportedly reteaming with Warner Bros. for a multi-movie version of "The Stand," the epic post-apocalypse novel that many consider King's finest work, HitFix reports.
"The Stand," for those who haven't read the book or seen the '90s era miniseries, tells the story of a group of men and women who survive a superflu outbreak that claims the lives of 99.4% of the world's human population. The reader follows an eclectic cast of characters that includes the mild-mannered Stuart Redman, mom-to-be Frannie Goldsmith, the ever resourceful mute Nick Andros, burned out rocker Larry Underwood, and the wicked Randall Flagg, also called The Walkin' Dude.
Anyone who saw "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" over the weekend -- and a lot of you have, based on the "Potter" box office returns -- would be hard pressed to not be moved by the emotional Snape's memory sequence.
Apparently it was no easier to edit for director David Yates than it was for us to sit in the theaters without tears trickling down our cheeks. Yates told MTV News that the scene was originally a lot longer and more linear, but he felt that cutting it down and shaping it differently lent itself to the movie much more.
"It didn't feel quite like a memory. It wasn’t quite evocative enough," Yates said. "I think we were telling too much story basically, so by fragmenting it, it just became oddly more moving ultimately."
Those of us who have been excited about Disney's "Maleficent" project have been on a bit of a roller coaster ride of on-again, off-again production news.
The proposed live-action feature, which is, in a nutshell, "Sleeping Beauty" told from the titular sorceress' perspective, lost its original directorial candidate Tim Burton, due to his committments on "Dark Shadows," which, although a bummer, might have opened the door for "Black Swan" helmer Darren Aronofsky, who is reportedly being courted by Disney to step up to the plate.
When I happened upon still-attached star Angelina Jolie at the premiere of "Kung Fu Panda 2" recently, I asked her if she'd heard any news about the project or Aronofsky's involvement.
The magic of "Harry Potter" is coming to an end, but at least the masterminds behind the franchise are selfless enough to share it with us.
In a follow up to the best-selling 2010 book "Harry Potter Film Wizardry," Harper Collins has announced that they'll be publishing "Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey" on October 25, a book that includes interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and more, plus commentary from director David Yates and producer David Heyman among others.
Since "Page to Screen" will be the first book to cover the creation of all eight "Harry Potter" flicks, we have plenty of questions we'd love to see answered in the compendium's 528 glossy pages. Click on after the jump to see what we hope to find.