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Stephen Sommers To Direct Tarzan
Stepping into Guillermo del Toro's shoes

03 September 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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For a long while now, a revamped big-screen version of Tarzan had been near the top of Guillermo del Toro’s increasingly crowded to-do list. In fact, he had even engaged the services of screenwriter John Colley on the movie.

But now del Toro is fully preoccupied with The Hobbit, producer Jerry Weintraub is pressing ahead with the movie anyway, and he’s already zeroed in on the director he wants to replace del Toro.

Stephen Sommers.

Yes, it seems that once Sommers finishes work on his current movie, next summer’s G.I. Joe, he’ll swing across to Warner Bros. and begin work on bringing Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Lord of the Apes back to the big screen.

Sommers will co-write the screenplay with Stuart Beattie (who wrote G.I. Joe) .

Of course, there will be some internet fanboys bemoaning this choice, but we’d advise them to hold fire. After all, Del Toro told Empire last year that he hoped to make his take on the Burroughs’ source material very pulpy – and if there’s one thing at which the director of Deep Rising excels, it’s pulp. So let’s hope he’s going to adhere to del Toro’s preference for pulp.

Furthermore, G.I. Joe looks like it should be a blast – and it can only be a good sign that he is so keen to reteam with Beattie. So perhaps Sommers has his creative mojo back after the horror of Van Helsing.

It’s all early days yet, so we won’t know anything for a while about Sommers’ plans. But we have many, many questions - for instance, is this going to be a Greystoke-style faithful adaptation of Burroughs’ Tarzan Of The Apes, or a reimagining of the character, a la Sommers’ remodelling of The Mummy franchise?

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RE: Stephen Sommers To Direct Tarzan
With Del Toro attached I was boarderline interested but with Sommers? Bye-bye! More

Posted by Nimrods Son at 18:53 on 07 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Stephen Sommers To Direct Tarzan
  [i]The Jungle Book[/i] is Stephen Sommers best film. More

Posted by Mason Verger at 17:49 on 04 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: Sphinx L: CORLEONE Sommers? Cue loads of CGI apes. Fuck's sake. 'Flashbacks to Shia swinging on vines with the monkeys' NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Damn it Corleone, do you know how long it took to get that fucker of an awful scene out of my head?! I feel your pain, brother. More

Posted by CORLEONE at 16:53 on 04 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: CORLEONE Sommers? Cue loads of CGI apes. Fuck's sake. 'Flashbacks to Shia swinging on vines with the monkeys' NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Damn it Corleone, do you know how long it took to get that fucker of an awful scene out of my head?! More

Posted by Sphinx at 16:51 on 04 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
I have to confess, I actually like Deep Rising, quality B-movie fare like Tremors.   The Mummy was actually quite good, only cheapened by a really shit sequel. I havent seen the third one but I've been told its worse than The Mummy Returns.   Sommers needs a hit after the abomination that was Van Helsing (which I still cant figure out how he ballsed that up), and I've no interest in GI Joe, so we will just have to wait and see. More

Posted by broonie at 16:50 on 04 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Sommers? Cue loads of CGI apes. Fuck's sake. More

Posted by CORLEONE at 14:19 on 04 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
The perfect Tarzan movie already exists: More

Posted by grucl at 13:15 on 04 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
.....It's been about twenty years, we need a new one - would Johnny Depp in a loin cloth be too much to ask? More

Posted by Sphinx at 21:16 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

And that is saying much. More

Posted by mighty mick at 17:14 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

Stephen Sommers is the poorman's Michael Bay
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Posted by mighty mick at 17:14 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

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L: waltham1979 will Christopher Lambert be in this one?? OR we should start a petition to have Nathan Fillion in itquote]   Where do i sign??........ More

Posted by lukeyboy at 14:46 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

will Christopher Lambert be in this one?? OR perhaps we should start a petition to have Nathan Fillion in it?? More

Posted by waltham1979 at 14:23 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

I just hope we get the proper ER Burroughs this time! The Mahar and all that crazy stuff!! More

Posted by Big Red at 13:36 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

Judging by the Crystal Skull I had been expecting to hear this announcement from a different Stephen or a "Steven" to be precise. More

Posted by Angusto at 11:19 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

Del Toro to Sommers?? ... now thats one hell of a giant leap backwards !!! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 10:48 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Aw, Bollocks!
If (and that's a big if) Sommers can find the spirit/essence of the first Mummy film then he would probably be the best man for the job after Del Toro and Jackson.  However based on recent performances I'd say the odds were about 4/1 against. More

Posted by Vito_Andolini at 09:57 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

Have to agree...
Del Toro's version of 'pulp' and Sommers' version of 'pulp' can not possibly be the same thing. Compare Blade 2 to Van Helsing. Sommers' is one of those people who thinks FX = excitement. He is wrong. I imagine his Tarzan movie will be a lot like the awfyl Indy sequence with the CG monkeys, but 2 hours long. Bet you anything there won't be one real animal in it, and it will totally miscast. I have lost interest in this movie completely. More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:55 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

Aw, Bollocks!
This'll turn out shit. Not good. And here I was thinkin' with Guillermo del Toro attatched we'd get our first true addaption of the novels(s). When he went over to the Hobit I thought / hoped maybe we'd have someone like Juan Antonio Bayona or Alfonso Cuarón directing with del Toro as an Exec... More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 09:47 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

Ah, crap
Bullshit. All we'll get from Sommers is the same as before: over the top action, corny one liners and bad CG. Del Toro's vision of the jungle and the ape community could have been great but with Sommers it'll be George of the friggin Jungle all over again (coincidentally starring Brendan Fraser). Along with Brett Ratner and Rob Cohen I wish Sommers would just feckin retire. He's made his millions, now hit the feckin road. More

Posted by Marwood at 09:26 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

Sommers = No Talent
well, the moaning has to start somewhere; so, Tarzan eh? remember way back in the early 90's he did THE JUNGLE BOOK? he messed that up pretty good. DEEP RISING was just cheap, late night TV fodder. THE MUMMY movies aren't worth a second thought, neither is that god-awful Jackman film. Sommers is now set to ruin G.I. JOE (you've probably guessed I'm a fan). anyhoo, I'll pass. it's a shame really, Del Toro's version would have been worth the wait. More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 09:04 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

I've always wanted to see a decent live action Tarzan film, after all the scope is rather vast but the thing is that the books and Disney film showed The Lord of Greystoke as being able to do things, your average human couldn't do... and that's going to be hard to pull off live action. Still, it has to be better than Greystoke. More

Posted by Timon at 07:53 on 03 September 2008 | Report This Post

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