Friday, June 3, 2011

Film Clips: Craig Brewer does Tarzan, Orpheum Summer Series starts, Ira Sachs preps new project.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Craig Brewer
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Craig Brewer signs on for Tarzan: As Variety reported yesterday morning, Craig Brewer has signed on to write and direct a new version of Tarzan for Warner Bros, bringing the famous Edgar Rice Burroughs "king of the jungle" character to the big screen in a significant way for the first time since 1984's Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.

This would be Brewer's biggest project — in budget, scope of production, and every other way — yet and one that would almost certainly have him shooting outside the South — indeed, probably outside the country — for the first time.

I talked to Brewer about this potential project roughly a month ago, when it was still in the pitching stage — and when he wasn't the only filmmaker making a pitch. (And when Tarzan, to be necessarily vague, wasn't the only established but dormant property Brewer was hoping to rehab.) Clearly, Brewer won over executives eager to tap into an under-developed but potentially lucrative commodity — so much so that the studio is already talking about the prospects of a trilogy. One also suspects that strong early test screenings for Brewer's Footloose remake, scheduled for an October 14th release, were helpful in landing this high-profile, high-stakes gig.

If there's one thing we've learned from following Brewer's career, it's that getting a feature film off the ground is terribly complicated, and there's a mighty gulf between conception and completion. For now, Tarzan is another title in a lengthy list of previously announced Brewer projects — Maggie Lynn, Mother Trucker, Gang Leader for a Day, the Charley Pride biopic — that have been at various stages of development over the years. And Brewer still needs to finish a script for this one. But, with major studio muscle behind this and an apparent desire to create a new franchise, don't be surprised if Tarzan is the next Brewer project to begin actual production. More on this to come.

Orpheum Summer Series: The Orpheum's long-running "Summer Classic Movie Series" starts tonight with a 7:15 screening of the 1961 Audrey Hepburn vehicle Breakfast at Tiffany's. Classic movie screenings — featuring lots of the Orpheum regulars — will continue through early September. The schedule:

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