‘Rise of the Apes’ Gets Release Date, Director & CGI Chimps

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The development of the Planet of the Apes prequel, Rise of the Apes, has been moving forward for quite some time now. While most of what we’ve heard has been innuendo and rumor, it now looks that the film is going to be a reality – as it now has a release date and a confirmed director.

Also, unlike every other Planet of the Apes film (including the Tim Burton remake) the film will use CGI to create the apes in the film.

Fox has announced that Rise of the Apes opens next year on June 24th, and that Rupert Wyatt will be calling the shots on this new installment of the long-running science fiction franchise. Wyatt’s name has been mentioned in conjunction with the project for awhile, but this is the first official confirmation from the studio that he’s helming the film.

Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital has now come on board to handle the effects on the film. While it’s a shame that there won’t be any practical make up effects used in this new installment, it does make sense as this film is essentially a prequel to the original Charlton Heston Planet of the Apes. This means that the apes in the film will be normal apes that are used for scientific testing, so a man in a suit (or possibly a woman or a child) would be pretty unfeasible. At least Weta has had practice with digital apes after creating the effects for Peter Jackson’s King Kong.

Director Rupert Wyatt

The new film will follow a scientist working on a cure for Alzheimer’s and his test ape, Caesar. The tests result in Caesar becoming more and more intelligent, culminating in Caesar leading an army of apes in an uprising against the human race.

While I’m excited by the prospect of a new Planet of the Apes film, I’m quite worried that this new film will ruin the mystique of how the apes took over the world. Having said that, what we’ve heard about the project makes it sound like there might be a bit more bite to this than the usual big-budget franchise film. Although, as the film is set up at Fox, there is a chance that Rise of the Apes has had the rougher aspects smoothed out to make it a palatable summer blockbuster.

We should find out further details soon enough, as the film will have to start shooting soon in order to meet the targeted release date.

You can discover all details on Rise of the Apes (or as it has also been known: Caesar: Rise of the Apes, or Caesar, and Genisis: Apes) here at Screen Rant. As stated the film will be in theaters on June 24th, 2011.

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    • Ah, but that film was set in a parallel timeline as Conquest of the Apes is a sequel to Escape from the Planet of the Apes where two chimps go back in time changing the timeline. In the last episode Battle for the Planet of the Apes, it is revealed that this change in the timeline results in a future where Apes and Humans get along, therefore preventing the events represented in the first Planet of the Apes from happening. I assume this is a prequel to the unaltered storyline of the (1968) Planet of the Apes showing how the original timeline and world was caused. Confusing I know, I was wandering the same thing as you, but then I remembered what happened in the other films :)

      • But that means that the Caesar mentioned in the first Planet of the Apes film is a different Caesar to the one who’s Cornelius and Zira’s son. That’s kind of… lame.

        • Yeah It’s kind of like cutting down a tree then trying to get a sapling to grow out of the roots! It can be done but if it’s like an ornamental pear, Ohh what a pain it is… :(

  1. sounds like the previews are going to be alarge factor in whether this is worth seeing…

  2. CGI Apes. Way to ruin the movie Fox.

  3. CGI apes . . . I can see doing that to show the transformation that takes place in the apes over the course of the scientific testing, but I’d hate it if they didn’t get Rick Baker back on for the ape make-up. The work he did on Burton’s version was absolutely amazing.

  4. If they want to do it up well they should let the effects specialists decide what to use where. One pointed solutions to complex problems troubles me…

  5. As a longtime POTA fan, I will have to wait to see the film before I can make a judgement–or at least the trailers.

    There’s a lot of legacy to ruin, or to better, if it’s done right. This is an awesome responsibility.

    Either way, I really wish somebody would come up with a new idea once in a while rather than continually revisiting somebody else’s idea.

    When does the “Moon” remake come out? ;)

  6. Cool, I’m one of those that actually enjoyed the last take on the apes.

  7. This so reminds me of a book i read and loved called Crater. It was by Phoenix Connor. Did she do the screenplay?

  8. sooo, we’re getting a reboot of conquest of the planet of the apes throwing on the title of ‘prequel’ and assuming people are dumb enough not to use the internet and realise what is going on. Great.

  9. I agree with the other comment this is conquest of earth not the first with Heston starring in it. You should have continued with last plant of the apes made a few years ago. I’m not interested.