Prequel to Planet of the Apes

Now that 20th Century Fox has announced an official release date for its prequel to the Planet of the Apes franchise, I have mixed feelings.  I love the original saga (the movies, the television series, and the cartoon), and even found things to like about Tim Burton's reboot.  Will the new film be a good addition to the series or will it be an abomination?

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?

Comments

Peter said…
Charlton Heston rocks! I don't think any CGI motivated movies will ever cut any ice.