Planet of the Apes Prequel Gets Release Date and Full CG Simians


Well, it’s finally official… apes will be coming back to the big screen in 2011. After years of rumours about a possible Planet of the Apes prequel in development, 20th Century Fox announced this week that they have set a June 24th, 2011 release date for the new film, which is tentatively titled Rise of the Apes. As previously announced, Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist) will direct from a script by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa (The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The Relic). No word on whether or not elements of rewrites by Jamie Moss (Street Kings) or Scott Frank (Minority Report) will also be used.

The interesting thing here is that for the first time, a Planet of the Apes movie will not use live actors in costume to play the apes themselves. Instead, the characters will be 100% CGI creations from WETA Digital. The movie will be an origin story for the race of intelligent apes, born out of experiments with genetic engineering and leading to a battle for supremacy with mankind. What do you think, will this be the summer blockbuster that Fox needs for next year? More importantly, can it erase the bad memories of Tim Burton’s 2001 remake?

  • 1138

    i think it would take a nuclear bomb to go off in my head to erase the Tim Burton version from my head! God that was a bad movie…and I love Burton too! But hey every good/great director has got a bad movie in them as far as I am concerned.

    Am I going “apes” for this prequel? not really but if it gets good word I’ll go.

  • BigHungry

    Weta doing the apes in full cgi…. WTF? Not the weta part but the cgi part….
    This could make or break this…

    I do like the story idea but I hope the apes are very diffent looking.

  • kyriacos

    I was like 15 when Tim Burton’s planet of the apes was out, I remember it blowing my mind seeing it on the big screen.. :) i am not planning to revisit it though..

  • TheAllKnowingGod

    Bullshit! The only good thing about the Burton remake was the ape costume. Why CGI it now?