Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Warner Brothers has pulled the plug on David Yates’ Tarzan, which was scheduled to go into production this summer. They’re mothballing it, and closing down the production office. The official reason? Well, there’s no official reason, because it’s not official yet. But the avowed reason was a budget that would just not come down to a level that WB was comfortable with.
Damn. Can’t catch a break, can we?
They are saying they might remount it for a 2014 production start, but don’ t hold your breath. Turns out (and I had suspected this to be the case) they hadn’t done any pay or play contracts and hadn’t officially greenlit the production, so pulling the plug was easy.
I can’t help wonder — do we have Disney to thank for this as well? What if Disney hadn’t botched John Carter, and that film had been a success? Would WB have still pulled the plug on Tarzan? It certainly would have been harder to walk away from it. A John Carter Of Mars success would have everybody thinking that Edgar Rice Burroughs was the genius that we already know him to be and there would have been much more confidence about the prospects for Tarzan.
I’ll probably have more to say about this in the comments. For now, here’s the summary and link to the article.