‘Planet of the Apes’ Prequel Gets A New Title

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Planet of the Apes prequel titled Rise of the Planet of the Apes Planet of the Apes Prequel Gets A New Title

20th Century Fox has been curiously finicky about the title of its Planet of the Apes prequel. Since the sci-fi project was announced, it has been referred to as Caesar, Genesis: Apes, Caesar: Rise of the Apes, and just Rise of the Apes.

Now the studio has gone ahead and announced that the film will actually be released under the title Rise of the Plant of the Apes – just a few weeks after its release date was bumped up to the end of this summer, instead of Thanksgiving weekend.

Here is an official (if brief) description of Rise of the Planet of the Apes:

Set in present day San Francisco, the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

James Franco is starring in the Apes prequel as Will Rodman, a research scientist who performs experiments on an ape named Caesar (Andy Serkis) as he attempts to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Caesar eventually develops human-level intelligence and leads a revolution against his human captors – one that results in the establishment of a new world order.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes will be the first in the popular franchise to feature photo-realistic versions of the super-intelligent primates, which were created via the use of CGI – rather than the traditional approach, with actors and actresses donning heavy amounts of makeup. Weta Digital employed much of the same motion-capture technology used to create the Na’vi from Avatar in order to transform Serkis into a full-fledged, non-human simian (like he did before in King Kong – albeit, on a smaller scale, of course).

We’ve yet to see an actual trailer for the Apes prequel, which boasts an overall strong cast that includes Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Tom Felton, and Brian Cox. Working behind the scenes on the film is director Rupert Wyatt – the man responsible for the generally well-received prison break thriller The Escapist - and screenwriting duo Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver – the minds behind the not-so-well-received sci-fi/horror flick, The Relic.

Once an actual theatrical preview for Rise of the Planet of the Apes has been released, it’ll be easier to tell if Fox has a winner or loser on its hands. There’s a lot that sounds promising about this prequel, but not enough for me to feel confident in saying there’s no way the film could be a dud.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters later this year on August 5th.

Source: 20th Century Fox

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  1. I really like the new title. I don’t think the title of any Planet of the Apes movies sound right without the “Planet of the Apes” actually in it

  2. Makes sense. As all the others have the word ‘planet’ in them.

    Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
    Planet Of The Apes
    Beneath The Planet Of The Apes
    Escape From The Planet Of The Apes
    Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes
    Battle For The Planet Of The Apes

    • Rise Of The Conquest Of The Battle For The Planet Of The Apes To Escape From.

      • I’d definetly watch a movie with a name like that :/

  3. The title is ok. Tis a little cumbersome to me. I actually liked Rise of the Apes the best. However I understand the desire to have Planet in the title.

  4. this title is stupd ! wtf

    the first one was better

  5. What does Colonel Taylor think of 20th Century Fox?

    “It’s a madhouse! A MADHOUSE!!!”

  6. LOL Rise of the Plant of the Apes???
    apes grow on trees?

  7. the title makes no grammatical sense.

    In the story, is the planet something which rises? Is it something we see on the horizon?


    Are the apes the ones who rise? yes.

    It could have easily been (longer, but more grammatically correct): Planet of the Apes: Rise of the Apes.

    “Rise” of the planet of the apes is as stupid as entitling it “attack of the planet of the apes”.

    The “planet of the apes” is doing nothing. it is the society of apes which is rising/appearing. Wow, more proof (if ever any were needed) that Hollywood is run by a bunch of illiterate jackasses.

    • Have to disagree with you there, Mike, meaningless as it is. “Planet Of The Apes” is what I take to be the general state of things, and “Rise Of” is how I would understand that state came into being. :-)

      • What Big D said. :)


      • Similar to “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones”. Only at the end do the clones set out to attack.

  8. Can someone give me an honest review of the other “ape” movies?

    I have just seen Planet Of The Apes.

    • they aren’t too bad to be honest. 1 and 2 are by far the best, 3-5 are still good. 5 is probably the least exciting. they are worth a watch. The remake by Tim Burton was pretty lame and I find it silly that the are gonna reboot by remaking the 4th film in the series. but yeah. give the others a watch. If you hate them, I am sorry :)

    • Rapidly descending budgets in the days before sequels were considered fertile ground. Beneath, Escape and Conquest: decent in their own ways; Battle: forgettable.

  9. Throught Rise of the Apes was better, this new title sounds a bit odd.
    When is the trailer coming already?

  10. Now that’s what I call a title, Rise of the Apes was good too, but Rise of the Planet of the Apes sounds epic, and people will understand it’s a prequel to Planet of the Apes due to it’s title

  11. if they change one more thing about this movie i wont even see it. i think i was one of the most excited people when i heard about this movie but with all the changes i’m like worn out. i dont think its going to be an amazing movie but i’m stilling willing to see/enjoy it so i dont know why they’re being so neurotic about it now (since they seem to care about nothing this much)

  12. The Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
    The Nascent Of The Planet Of The Apes
    The Origin Of The Planet Of The Apes
    The Birth Of The Planet Of The Apes
    The Inchoate Planet Of The Apes

    Fox can’t even hire a decent wordsmith these days…

  13. I don’t understand. This movie seems to imply that a war between man and ape will lead to the destruction of Man’s civilization.

    But in the original Planet of the Apes (which this new movie is a prequel of) it is implied at the end that Man caused his own destruction, there was some world war. After all, during the time the film was made there was the Cold War and fear that there would be a nuclear war between America and the USSR.

    Also how would this prequel fit tech wise into the original? In the original Man has space flight capabilities in the 1970′s (ships that can travel out of the solar system) and also have cryo tech. This sci fi aspect of the original would go against the more reality based prequel (set in present times).

    I think this “prequel” should be more of a reboot.

    • I think it partly depends on your view of time travel, Jim. As well as the multiverse theory…

    • It’s not a prequel. It’s a new set of series of Franchise from Planet of the Apes.
      Just like XMEN: First Class is to not litteraly align it with the previous Xmen Trilogy. In XMEN First Class Xavier already got paralyzed but if you remember X3 in the beggining when Charles and Magneto met the young Jean Grey he was still walking.
      This is more likely a prequel to the 2001 version not the original.

  14. Asteroid of the Apes would have been a good prequel title?

  15. I wonder if the experimental apes become human-like within the span of the the main character’s lifetimes in the story. You’d expect even the most advanced freaky results on the apes to a long time to manifest.

  16. I have to admit I’m a bit disappointed they are going with full CGI for the apes. I thought one of the few things (very few) the Tim Burton version did well was capture the ape look. Of course if they are going for a much more realistic chimpanzee look in size and shape, CGI would have been the way to go.

  17. Rise of the Planet of the Apes – it should have been “Rise of the Apes” or “Dawn of the Apes” and should any audience member fail to make the “Planet of..” connection it could come off as a slight twist when the apes rise and take over.

    • Geez who cares, there are other titles out there that don’t make sense either. “Transformers Dark of the Moon” what the heck is that supposed to mean?! What’s dark of the moon?!
      How about Dawn of the Dead. Say what?!
      It’s the same as ‘Batman Begins’. Begins what? The beggining of Batman.
      Ever heard of the terminolgy “Rise of the Imperial Empire” Are you going to ask if the Empire is LITTERALY rising? From where, the horizon?
      “Rise of Planet of the Apes” is no grammatical error. It’s a figure of speech, symbolism. “Rise of the Apes” would just sound like the Apes are waking up from their beds