‘Planet of the Apes’ Prequel Begins Shooting This Summer

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 10:03 am,

planet of apes Planet of the Apes Prequel Begins Shooting This Summer

The long rumored Planet of the Apes prequel, which remains tentatively titled Caesar: Rise of the Apes, continues to look like more of a certainty with every passing day.  First, special effects expert Aaron Sims was attached to the project and now Production Weekly is reporting that 20th Century Fox has scheduled shooting for the film to commence this upcoming July.

For concerned readers that have not kept up with some of our past articles on this new Planet of the Apes flick, rest assured that this new film will not be connected to the atrocious 2001 Tim Burton re-imagining of Planet of the Apes.  Rather, Caesar: Rise of the Apes will be a prequel to the original 1968 film starring Charlton Heston and will supposedly focus on the exploits of the not-so-subtly named Caesar, a chimpanzee who leads a revolt against humanity that results in the futuristic ape-dominated society seen in Planet of the Apes.  That would be the same Caesar that led a similar rebellion against his human captors in the 1972 sequel Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.

The screenplay for the film has been retooled by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver following the departure of original writer/director Scott Frank back in January.  British filmmaker Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist) was reportedly hired to take over directorial responsibilities on Caesar: Rise of the Apes after the fallout between Frank and Fox Studio officials over the direction of the film left the project looking temporarily dead at the beginning of this year.

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Early word was that studio officials found Scott Frank’s take on the project too dark and convoluted for their tastes.  Hopefully, the script re-writes will not exercise too much in the way of intelligence and complexity from Frank’s original draft in the hopes of making Caesar: Rise of the Apes more of a popcorn flick with mass appeal.

It will be interesting to see where the filmmakers go with the project, both in terms of story and visual style.  Will it be more of a thinking man’s sci-fi film like the original Planet of the Apes film?  Will it favor big-budget action sequences and set pieces over clever dialogue like (ugh) Burton’s remake did?  Will the apes themselves take on a more realistic design (again, like in Burton’s show) or will their look be more in the dated but classic vein of the original Planet of the Apes?

No word yet on whether any well-known stars will appear in Caesar: Rise of the Apes but that will most certainly change soon.  Fox studio officials are definitely hoping for this flick to be the first in a newly rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise so don’t be surprised to hear about some big name celebrities signing up for this prequel over the upcoming weeks.

No word yet on a possible release date for Caesar: Rise of the Apes but you can expect an official announcement on that in the near future.

Source: Production Weekly

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  1. so…. when will we get the inevitable announcement that it'll be in 3d?

    Always wanted to watch monkeys eat bananas right next to my face…

  2. I really would have liked to see what Frank would have done with the film given what little this says about the direction he was wanting to head in. Ah well

  3. “For concerned readers that have not kept up with some of our past articles on this new Planet of the Apes flick, rest assured that this new film will not be connected to the atrocious 2001 Tim Burton re-imagining of Planet of the Apes.” Almost like you're fishing for people to hate on that film.

    Considering the cited article there only has comments from people who didn't lambast the film, I'm guessing a slight bias against that film so far from writers here? I didn't think it was the greatest film in the world, but neither did I think the originals were.

    They were just fun and different, and, if no one told me the 2001 film was by Burton, I could never have known. Nothing from that film screamed “Burton film” to me, and that actually impressed me–a Burton film that didn't look like one. Of the films he's done, that's the only one I can think of that seemed like he was really trying something different. He was experimenting, as well as employed some ridiculously good Rick Baker make-up. I'm still impressed when I look at it.

    That aside, I could probably care less about a prequel since, like I said before, these are largely just fun and different film stories. If they make it interesting, kudos for them.

  4. I hated it. And just when I think I've forgotten it, someone brings it up in an article.

    Good article,…except for the references to Burton's film.

  5. OK lets take it a step at a time. Here's my take on it anyway…
    1. A remake is always going to trade on the original ideas in some way. It has to try to get more mileage out of the original ideas or have something new to say.

    What exactly is different about the two versions? In the original, Ape society was confident in its place in the universe. It was built on the idea that apes were always superior and that the majority believed that. Basically Burton's apes weren't nearly as far from their roots as A.P.Jacobs apes. In Burton's film far more evidence was available to contradict the prevailing view and presented to a more open minded and diverse group of apes. Then too rather than have several layers of ape society propping up the status quo you had a single military leader that was behind almost all hostility. Man hadn't fallen quite as far in Burton's film they could speak and were used as a servant class. These changes took some of the punch out of the alternate reality that made up the world of the apes. Nothing much replaced that. Sure Wahlberg's character is more empowered in Burton's version but that conversely makes him less vulnerable than Heston's character. So we don't feel his plight as intensely.

    2. A remake to be successful must have as much quality in all respects as the original.
    Clearly one of the shortcomings of the remake is the cast. Mark Wahlberg is no Charlton Heston and as others have said of his performance in this movie, it's about what you'd expect from a run of the mill action hero. Helena Carter plays activist instead of a scientist. Clearly she's the stand in for Zira in the original but Burton eschews the scientific, preferring to hang the whole equality issue on morality, which makes the whole issue more subjective and less objective. I dare say, objectivity with regards to the issues is thrown out completely. So instead of a 1+1 effect in the reasoning department we just get a one.

    3. The ending must at least equal if not outdo the original.

    Well does Tim Burton's ending outdo or equal the original? It certainly raised more questions than the original. Like how did our astronaut make the trip in the first place since it's apparent that Thade has changed Earths past at least a century before Wahlberg's Character was born? Given that apes ruled Earth society then, were they now in control of the Oberon? If that space platform crashed on the alien planet then how did Thade get to Earth?

    The newness of the original movie's story, the twisted ending, the quality of the performances are all superior to the remake. That's not to say that their was nothing to enjoy in Burton's version. Paul Giamatti's characterization was somewhat amusing and I thought that the makeup and effects were better than the original. Clearly though those advances have come with time but the story telling and acting haven't progressed to keep pace.

  6. Are you kidding?!

    I just assume that every movie that gets released these days is going to be in 3D.