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As the Olympics continue into their second half this week, a surprise TV spot dropped in the form of a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer. The film has been the driving force behind a (thus far successful) public interest revival of JK Rowling‘s Wizard World, made famous by the Harry Potter series of novels. Fantastic Beasts will cap off a lead up that included theme park attractions, an enormous Pottermore update, and a play/book release combo. If you would like to check out the trailer, continue after the jump. (more…)

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As this weekend’s release of the script book for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child proved, there’s still a tremendous appetite out there for all things Potter. The assertion will be tested again this fall, albeit a little more ambitiously, with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a movie set in the Harry Potter universe, but taking place decades before the birth of Potter and set on the other side of the ocean. But there’s reason to be confident in the gambit because Warner Bros. has already said yes to a sequel, and now they’ve said yes to David Yates to follow it up as the sequel’s director. (more…)

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J.K. Rowling-written and David Yates-directed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has one factor going for it that Rowling’s other Harry Potter-related endeavors don’t: it’s not bound creatively to any other previous work. Rowling did write a companion book to her Potter stories titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, fictitiously penned by a Newt Scamander, but other than that the movie is completely original unto itself. Yates enthuses on how much easier this makes the editing process, knowing there won’t be hordes of angry fans upset that his vision didn’t meet theirs. (more…)

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There’s a new IMAX trailer out for The Legend of Tarzan directed by David Yates (Harry Potter 5/6/7/8 & Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). This latest foray into the jungle legend that is Tarzan stars Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) and Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) as Tarzan and his lady-love Jane. It looks like we’re getting the whole Tarzan treatment in this fresh look at an old legend. (more…)

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It’s been a very busy time for new trailers lately. Why? It’s Christmas time! With the end of the year pending, a lot of people are presumably going to have extra time for movie going over the next couple of weeks, with a maximum number of eyes in front of movie screens (and not just seeing Star Wars, a small independent movie that I hear has been getting some good buzz). Hollywood has a big slate on the books for 2016, and one of them is the following movie being teased. Want your first look at Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them? That’s next week. This week we’ve got the tease. (more…)

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Franchises are the bread and butter for Hollywood these days, which is why the development of something like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is seen as an incredibly cynical move on the part of a studio. This spin-off of the wizarding world of Harry Potter could be seen as the most egregious example of lack of Hollywood imagination, trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear by further expanding a 7-part book series that’s already been made into 8 movies. (Eight highly profitable movies, that is.) On the other hand, Harry Potter’s was such a vividly realized world, and though Harry’s story is over, it feels like their was so much left unexplored. Combined with the involvement of Potter creator J.K. Rowling, there’s lots of room to hope that Fantastic Beasts might be good after all. But who will search out these creatures? We now have some ideas. (more…)

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He may have spent over six years toiling on the final four Harry Potter movies, but British director David Yates is far from done with the magical world of J.K. Rowling. You may recall that in the works is a new spin-off trilogy based in the Harry Potter universe, but not based on any published Harry Potter materialCalled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the movie promises all the magic and wonder of the eight previous Harry Potter films but telling all new stories that don’t crossover with any characters we’ve already been introduced to. I suppose Warner Bros. plans to not just capitalize on the Harry Potter brand, but the knowledge and experience of the Harry Potter series’ most experienced director. (more…)

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Warner Bros. and director David Yates are hard at work putting together a new incarnation of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs tale of Tarzan. Though it’s still in the very early stages, it looks like they’ve even got a release date all lined up. If you want to see this new jungley action-adventure, look to the year 2016 and the day of July 1st. (more…)

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Haven’t heard much lately about the Tarzan re-imagining by David Yates (Harry Potters 5, 6, 7.1 and 7.2) other than True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard was the first choice for the loincloth-clad lead, and that Avengers task master Samuel L. Jackson was at the front of the line to play a mercenary named George Washington Williams. But what about Jane?

Well the New York Post might have shed some light on that this morning by hinting on Page Six that Academy Award nominated actress Jessica Chastain was the filmmakers’ first choice to play English rose Jane Porter, the civilized woman that helps tame the King of the Apes. Nothing’s confirmed, but the Post lists no other names in the running for the part other than Chastain, whose most recent role was as the CIA analyst hunting for Osama bin Laden in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.

Here’s the plot description for Yates’ Tarzan:

John Clayton III [is] known around the world as the famous “ape man” Tarzan. Years after he’s re-assimilated into society, he’s asked by Queen Victoria to investigate the goings-on in the Congo. Tarzan teams with an ex-mercenary named George Washington Williams to save the Congo from a fierce warlord who controls a massive diamond mine.

More news as it develops.

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Earlier this year, Disney released John Carter, a movie based on a well known series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and despite the resounding indifference that met its release it seems that more of Burroughs’ work will soon be coming to the big screen. The Man known as The King of the Jungle to be precise.

David Yates, director of the last half of the Harry Potter series, has signed up to make a new version of Tarzan, the story of a man raised in the wild, which is being set-up at Warner Bros. But who’s going to play the man in the loincloth? According to Vulture, Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) and Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) are all in contention. But who will play Jane? Can I put a plug in for Emily Blunt?

But wait, wasn’t Yates supposed to be working on something else of the nerdy variety? A Doctor Who movie? Well, we’ll just keep that between us then.

What do you Bastards think? Ready to see a Tarzan movie?

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