David Yates will direct the big-budget tentpole based on the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs
The rising Australian talent is also in negotiations to star alongside Chris Pine in "Z for Zachariah"
The primate died of liver failure at a sanctuary in Florida
Long-gestating remakes of "The Wild Bunch," "The Dirty Dozen," "Tarzan" and "Westworld" are also getting a new lease on life
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick ("Zombieland") are writing the script for Paramount and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura