The film will be called Rise of the Apes and is scheduled to hit movie theaters on June 24, 2011. It will be directed by Rupert Wyatt based on a screenplay by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa who last gave us The Relic.
Here is a synopsis of the plot which the studio provided:
"Rise of the Apes is an origin story in the truest sense of the term. 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."
Unlike all the other films in the saga in which the intelligent apes were portrayed by actors in costumes and award-winning make-up effects, the apes in the new movie will be completely computer-generated. Whether this will be a plus or a minus to the overall production remains to be seen.
Will this revive the Planet of the Apes and add a new story arc to the science fiction allegory of humans vs. apes, or will it be a forgettable mess?