Craig Brewer isn’t exactly a household name yet, but he’s directed a few films that people know and like. He was behind Samuel L. Jackson chaining up a scantily clad Christina Ricci in Black Snake Moan, he helped Terrence Howard go from pimping to rapping in Hustle & Flow, and he’s even done a couple episodes of cable series like The Shield and Terriers. But it’s his upcoming remake of Footloose that has him in demand and fielding new opportunities left and right. That’s right, he remade Footloose, and industry people are loving it and throwing offers his way. That’s gotta be some good Footloose. So, given that Brewer now has a modicum of control over what his next project is going to be, what will he choose? He’s going to go after his dream of course, his passion project; he’s going to make a Tarzan movie.

Warner Bros has been trying to get a new version of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s vine swinging, monkey loving, battle cry yelling hero together for quite a while. Probably because Tarzan is a name of something that people have heard, so clearly it’s a concept rife for another film treatment. While several attempts haven’t worked out, it now looks like they may have found their man. Brewer has come up with a treatment for the character that will tell the story of Tarzan over not just one, but three films. And he’s hoping to not only write the scripts, but make these movies his next directorial gig as well. Only in Hollywood could telling a story about a Midwestern town that outlaws dancing get you a job telling a story about a jungle man who was raised by apes. And only a guy like Craig Brewer could be passionate about pimps, 80s remakes, and guys in loin clothes. What a wonderful world. [Deadline Kibombo]


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