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.
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