Planet of the Apes prequel set for June 2011

Posted by: Nathan Swank

I’m a big fan of the original PLANET OF THE APES with Charlton Heston but was a little disappointed with the Tim Burton’s re-imagined version staring Mark Wahlberg. Now Twentieth Century Fox has announced that a prequel tentatively titled RISE OF THE APES will be released June 24, 2011. I’m definitely intrigued by the idea.

The film will be the origin story about how the apes came to be in control of earth, which isn’t revealed until the haunting last image of the original. “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.” As you might remember, the past PLANET OF THE APE films had some incredible makeup and costumes to make human actors appear as apes. This time around, however, the Oscar-winning visual effects house Weta Digital will be using the groundbreaking technologies developed for AVATAR for photo-realistic apes. Rupert Wyatt will direct from a screenplay by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa.

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Source: Twentieth Century Fox

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