If you are like me and think it is too soon for another “Planet of the Apes” movie, then it’s too bad because studios tend to not like it when a serviceable franchise isn’t in operation.
The previous “Apes” movie (2001’s “Planet of the Apes”) was not well liked despite (or, for some, because of) the involvement of director Tim Burton and actor Mark Wahlberg. The movie was a lackluster effort all around, with an ending that left people utterly confused to what they had just watched. It was an ending that cried out for a sequel — but it was a sequel not many wanted.
Instead, Twentieth Century Fox will release a prequel — tentatively titled “Rise of the Apes” — on June 24, 2011. Rupert Wyatt will direct the film.
One difference from past versions is that the apes will no longer be men in monkey suits. This time, the apes will be created by Peter Jackson’s visual effects company WETA Digital.
According to Variety: “Rise of the Apes” is an origins story set in present-day San Francisco. The film is a reality-based cautionary tale, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.
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