Warners to revamp Lord of the Apes tale

“Footloose” director Craig Brewer has come on board to direct and write a new version of “Tarzan” for Warner Bros.

Project’s been set with Warner-based Jerry Weintraub, who’s been developing a revamped “Tarzan” for eight years. In 2008, Stephen Sommers was in negotiations to direct a bigscreen version of “Tarzan” for Warner Bros. and co-write with Stuart Beattie.

In 2006, the studio was negotiating with Guillermo del Toro to direct. And in 2003, John August was hired to pen a new take on the Edgar Rice Burroughs-created character. Brewer’s developing the “Tarazan” project as a possible trilogy. The deal covers one film.

Burroughs’ “Tarzan of the Apes” was written in 1912. Onscreen, the ape-man character became strongly identified with Johnny Weismuller during the 1930s in MGM’s series of features.

Warner Bros. put the character back on the bigscreen with its 1984 pic “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes,” starring Christopher Lambert. Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow also made 1998’s “Tarzan and the Lost City,” starring Casper Van Dien. In 2003, Warner Bros. TV produced a short-lived “Tarzan” skein for the WB Network.

The “Footloose” revamp will be released Oct. 14 by Par.

Brewer is repped by WME.

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