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'Tarzan' re-boot in the works at Warner Bros.

  |   Feb. 11, 2014 at 6:31 PM
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BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Alexander Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie and Christoph Waltz are to star in a live-action Tarzan adventure, Hollywood's Warner Bros. Pictures said.

Greg Silverman, the studio's president of creative development and worldwide production, and Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and international distribution, said Tuesday pre-production already has begun on the 3-D film.

Dan Fellman, the studio's president of domestic distribution, said the movie has been slated to open in North America July 1, 2016.

David Yates, who helmed the last four "Harry Potter" blockbusters, will direct the as-yet-untitled Tarzan feature from a screenplay based on the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

"We have assembled a phenomenal international cast to tell this extraordinary story," Silverman said in a statement. "Warner Bros. has also enjoyed long and successful collaborations with both David Yates and [producer] Jerry Weintraub, and we look forward to seeing what they and the entire team have in store for this timeless tale."

"Tarzan has been an enduring and enigmatic figure in literature and cinema for more than a century," said Kroll. "The adventures of a man who was torn between two worlds has entertained and intrigued people young and old, and we are excited to bring him to the screen for a new generation."

"This is a perfect entry for the summer movie season corridor, with a terrific combination of action, adventure, romance and suspense that is sure to appeal to a broad audience," said Fellman.

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