I donâ€™t think it needs to be said that directing is a tough gig, but Iâ€™ll say it anyway: Directing is a tough gig.
Itâ€™s an all-enveloping, physically-taxing, mentally-exhausting sucker punch to your body. Youâ€™re literally being pulled in every which direction for months (perhaps even years) straight. Yet despite this, itâ€™s not incredibly uncommon for big hollywood directors to do a film a year with almost no break in-between. That was the plan for director David Yates who, following the completion of WBâ€™s â€œTarzan,â€ was set to jump onto the â€œHarry Potterâ€ spinoff film, â€œFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.â€
As I mentioned before, this isnâ€™t exactly uncommon, but according to Yahoo! Movies, â€œTarzanâ€ has already had some test screenings, and they did not go well.
An inside source said the following:
â€œThe schedule of the J.K. Rowling movie got in the way of an appropriate postproduction schedule on Tarzan. Why would you ever crowd a director into starting a movie before his other movie is properly finished?”
The implication here is that Yatesâ€™ being yanked off the project after its completion is to blame for the filmâ€™s lackluster reception from test audiences. It is a bit worrisome that a risky $180 million picture like â€œTarzanâ€ would be getting pushed to the side so quickly. According to the article, Yates was too preoccupied with â€œFantastic Beastsâ€ to give â€œTarzanâ€ meaningful editing feedback. However, some inside sources at WB disagree with the previous statement, claiming that the film is still undergoing changes.
They also stated that Spielberg and Eastwood have, on occasion, gone into pre-production on their movies before their previous one is completely finished, so this move from Yates isnâ€™t exactly unprecedented (though Yahoo! goes on to acknowledge that few films that are abandoned by their director in post have the budget of Tarzan).
Itâ€™s also worth noting that this was not an unforeseen problem from the studio:
â€œWhile it’s somewhat unusual, we are extremely comfortable with the production timelines, which were set in advance, and have total confidence in the skill of David Yates â€” who is a four-time â€˜Harry Potterâ€™ director â€” to deliver both of these pictures.â€
Following the failure of â€œPanâ€ (which will lose the studio around $150 million) Warner Bros. really does need to focus and make sure their movies are as good as they can be. While one could argue that itâ€™s good that Yates is giving â€œFantastic Beastsâ€ the attention it deserves, what does this mean for â€œTarzan,â€ or for Warner Bros. as a whole? Are they not giving their talent enough time to make their projects as good as they can be?
With the film currently facing a release date of July 1, 2016, is this the kind of work that can be carried about by someone that isnâ€™t the director, or will they need to push the movie back to a later date?
What do you guys think? Is the new â€œTarzanâ€ movie in trouble? What should WB do with it? Let us know your thoughts down below!