New Details About the Planet Of The Apes Prequel

Published 4 years ago by , Updated January 24th, 2013 at 8:02 am,

planet of apes New Details About the Planet Of The Apes Prequel

Since 2008 Screen Rant has been following the development of a new Planet of The Apes film – now called Caesar: Rise of the Apes. We’ve seen writer/director Scott Frank leave the project, and we’ve also watched as this proposed prequel to the 1968 Charlton Heston sci-fi classic teetered on the brink of cinematic death.

However, Rise of the Apes now has a new director attached and we have some new details that show how the film leads up to the 1968 original (and not the 2001 Tim Burton film).

Deadline Hollywood Reports that British director Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist) has now been hired to develop Rise of the Apes from a script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, which has become a passion project for former 20th Century Fox big cheese Peter Chernin.

Meanwhile, CHUD has uncovered some new plot details that tie the film into the same world as the Heston classic. Firstly, the site has a new synopsis for the film:

“Will is a doctor trying to cure Alzheimers, a disease that afflicts his father. He’s working with monkeys to create a benign virus that can get into brain tissue and restore functionality. After his research is shut down he’s left with just one chimp, the child of his most promising subject, and Will raises him at home. Young Caesar is incredibly intelligent for an ape, and over time he continues to mutate and evolve, looking less like a chimp and moving on from sign language to actual speech. Eventually Caesar ends up leading an army of apes in an uprising just as a catastrophe strikes mankind.”

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CHUD also has some brief SPOILER-filled notes, which place Rise of the Apes in the same world as the original film and its sequels, ignoring the Tim Burton remake disaster:

  • The film begins with apes being captured, which is similar to the human hunting scene in the Heston film.
  • The script has TV newscasts which document the launch of a space craft called the Icarus, led by a Colonel Taylor. During the course of the film, the craft vanishes whilst going around the dark side of Mars. In the 1968 film, Heston played Taylor and the film begins with his craft crash-landing on a future earth.
  • The film ends with a climactic battle on a bridge – much like the finale of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.
  • Caesar’s mother is named Bright Eyes, which is what ape Dr. Zira calls Heston’s Taylor in the original film.

Check out CHUD for a few more details on the films plot.

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It looks like Rise of the Apes is really picking up steam and although there is no start date (yet), it looks like it’s very close to getting the green light. The film has the potential to spawn multiple sequels, with the added bonus of either moving more copies of the original films and/or the opportunity to remake said originals (hopefully better than Burton did).

Whatever the case – Screen Rant will keep you posted on whatever happens with Caesar: Rise of the Apes.

Source: Deadline / CHUD

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  1. I'm glad that it will be ignoring Burton's film(ironically one of two of his films I actually enjoyed), but I still say this is a bad idea. We already saw how the apes rose in “Conquets of Planet of the Apes”. This series needs to be left alone.

  2. I’m really really confused about one thing. Why is it that a movie’s badness is always compared to Burton’s Planet of the Apes? What is so bad about it? An example: “(FILM such and such) was bad. At least it wasn’t as bad as Planet of the Apes.” or “(FILM such and such) was bad. It was worse than Planet of the Apes.”

    I enjoyed Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes IMMENSELY. I thought the make-up and effects were great, and I actually think Wahlberg is a better actor than people pre-judge him to be. I am a bit of a film snob and I love a great film. I can tell a good movie from a bad one. While Planet of the Apes wasn’t GREAT, it was solidly good.

  3. If a remake can successfully capture the eerie combination of sci fi and social upheaval that the original one did, along with keeping a sense of uniqueness to the plot then I'd enjoy this.

    But I say if this is going to be just a quick grab for revenue by introducing another shallow burton type direction with lousy actors, then forgettaboutit!

    The one with Marky Mark depressed me for a week after seeing it, lol. Why that guy keeps getting acting gigs is a mystery. And Burton needs to stick to making flagrantly homo-erotic johnny depp movies for the confused teenies.

  4. They'll never beat 'Beneath The Planet Of The Apes'. Why even bother.

  5. I have to say I liked Estella Warren, Kris Kirstofferson, & Mark Wahlberg in the Tim Burton version. Was it perfect? No. But I did like the time travel conundrum at the end.

    As long as you did not view it as a “remake” of the classic Heston/McDowell version, it really was quite entertaining. Shot for shot remakes are boring… see the remake of Psycho for why.

  6. I have to say I liked Estella Warren, Kris Kirstofferson, & Mark Wahlberg in the Tim Burton version. Was it perfect? No. But I did like the time travel conundrum at the end.

    As long as you did not view it as a “remake” of the classic Heston/McDowell version, it really was quite entertaining. Shot for shot remakes are boring… see the remake of Psycho for why.

  7. C;ROTA will be shot entirely at an outdoors complex in Vancouver at a 1/4 mile wide private property. This is a high budget epic with special effects. Battle scenes most likely resemble that of Lord of the Rings. Rumor is that Liam Neeson will star. nuff said