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Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 8:16 pm Reply with quote
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20th Century Fox is considering a new version of "Planet of the Apes".

Not a sequel to the Burton film, nor another 'reboot' of the classic original, this is essentially a remake of the fourth film in the classic series - "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes."

That film was set in a dystopian future where apes had been domesticated and told the story of Caesar, the first ape with speech who started the events that led to a world where monkeys were on top and humans were dumb beasts.

The new script entitled "Genesis: Apes" by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver is set in a more contemporary present day society and has Caesar being created by a genetic scientist who ends up taking it home and raising him as the son he and his wife were unable to conceive.

After killing a human in an attack and being put on trial, things turn like 'Conquest' with Caesar leading a campaign to unite the apes and violently overthrow humanity.
http://chud.com/articles/articles/16881/1/IS-PLANET-OF-THE-APES-GETTING-REBOOTED-AGAIN/Page1.html

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Posted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 7:23 pm Reply with quote
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Last month came a report on CHUD that 20th Century Fox had been in development of "Genesis: Apes", a new "Planet of the Apes" movie that would essentially be a remake of the fourth film - "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes".

At the time the project was considered pretty much dead, but now Fox's production chief Tom Rothman talked about the project during breaks between a marathon showing of the five original 'Apes' movies on the Fox Movie Channel over the weekend.

According to CHUD, after the original "Planet of the Apes" aired the other night Rothman appeared on-camera during a retrospective segment and said: "We are very close at Fox on a new Apes script - this one a kind of prequel story before the first story, with a return to the social thematics that mark the first one, but with an entirely contemporary setting - Earth 2009."

The move comes just as the original series hit Blu-ray and has reportedly been selling extremely well for the studio.

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Posted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:19 pm Reply with quote
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Filmmaker Scott Frank talked with CHUD today about the Fox's "Planet of the Apes" prequel and in the process cleared up much of the online confusion about the project.

Frank stresses that the project, currently titled "Caesar" and which he is rewriting, is NOT a remake of "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes". The film "will not feature talking monkeys, and it will not end with chimpanzees running wild in the streets, taking over the world."

Yet it's a film not entirely divorced from the world of "Planet of the Apes" and the hard science fiction thriller is being setup as the 'opening chapter in a saga' about events between now and an ape-ruled world.

Frank says that the science that creates a hyper-intelligent chimpanzee is based on current real world research taken a step too far, and the plan is for the audience to come to really feel for this ape even as he takes actions that are hard to agree with towards the film's end.

Frank is also doing a lot of research into the state of effects today in the effort to create a photoreal chimpanzee. It's still early days however and Frank himself says he doesn't know if the film would be going ahead until at least February.

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Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:11 pm Reply with quote
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Fox's "Caesar", the ground-up reimagining of "Conquest of the Planet Of the Apes" that Scott Frank was writing, has been shelved and Frank has left the project reports CHUD.

Details are scarce but the decision was apparently made a while ago with the cause being apparently both the expense and darkness of the material which admittedly is all about the end of humanity.

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Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 7:47 am Reply with quote
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20th Century Fox is apparently still developing "Caesar", its planned reboot/remake of "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" according to Vulture.

At last report, "Minority Report" scribe Scott Frank was attached to direct the project and rewrite an original script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver ("The Relic").

Frank's story followed genetics gone awry when they evolved past humanity, while 'Caesar' himself is the leader of the simian rebellion and is capable of grand strategic thinking.

Now it seems the studio didn't warm to Frank's ambitiously dark and hard sci-fi focus, opting for a different direction which Frank didn't want to follow.

Jamie Moss ("Street Kings") has come onboard to rework Frank's version while Jaffa and Silver have been brought on for some dialogue polishing. Peter Chernin and Scott Rudin will produce.

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Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:54 pm Reply with quote
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Kathryn Bigelow, Robert Rodriguez, and Tomas Alfredson have all apparently declined offers to direct Fox's "Caesar", their proposed upcoming reboot of the "Planet of the Apes" franchise reports Vulture.

The article indicates producer Peter Chernin has been having difficulty getting top-tier directors interested in the property. Yet with the studio intent on making the project, offers are still out.

The latest batch of candidates are somewhat less high-brow including Albert and Allen Hughes ("From Hell," "The Book of Eli"), Pierre Morel ("Taken, "From Paris with Love"), James McTeigue ("V for Vendetta," "Ninja Assassin"), Dennis Illiadis ("The Last House on the Left") and Scott Stewart ("Legion").

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Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:28 pm Reply with quote
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Director Rupert Wyatt will be getting behind the camera for 20th Century Fox's Planet of the Apes prequel is quite exciting news. Deadline New York reports that there's no start date, but Wyatt's come aboard to develop to direct. The script's by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. No other details are available at this time -- but it's gonna be hard to make a worse version than Tim Burtons.

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Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:31 pm Reply with quote
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Rupert Wyatt ("The Escapist") has become the frontrunner to direct 20th Century Fox's "Planet of the Apes" prequel/reboot "Caesar" using Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver's script says Deadline New York.

CHUD got their hands on a copy of the script and says the writers put in not only many little nods to the original "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" from which much of the premise is based, but quite a few to the original 1968 "Planet of the Apes".

The general story has a doctor trying to cure Alzheimers. After his research is shut down, he takes home and raises Caesar, the child of his most promising chimp experiment subject. Caesar continues to evolve and soon leads an army of apes in an uprising around the same time humanity is hit by a catastrophe.

One of the more interesting touches are numerous references to the launch and disappearance of the Icarus led by Colonel Taylor, the lead character and ship which crashed on the future Earth in the original 1968 'Apes'.

The other is that the cataclysm that hits humanity ties in to the genetic mutation and explains not just how the apes evolve enough to lead an uprising, but why the apes in the original series looked nothing like the modern apes of today.

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Fox's "Planet Of The Apes" prequel/reboot "Caesar" has opened production offices at Mammoth Studios in the Canadian city of Burnaby, British Columbia. Shooting on that kicks off mid-July.

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Twentieth Century Fox has announced a June 24, 2011 date for the newly titled Planet of the Apes: Rise of the Apes, the prequel to Tim Burton's abomination to be helmed by with Rupert Wyatt. The title is tentative as "Caesar" was the original working title. The best news is that Fox is partnering with Peter Jackson's visual effects company WETA Digital, who will render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors. 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. Wyatt will direct from a script by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa.

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Posted: Tue May 11, 2010 7:33 pm Reply with quote
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20th Century Fox has announced a June 24th 2011 release date for "Rise of the Apes", their planned prequel to the "Planet of the Apes" franchise says the trades.

The cautionary tale is set in San Francisco in which "man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy."

Unlike past installments, the apes this time will be CG-animated with WETA Digital handling the effects.

Rupert Wyatt ("The Escapist") directs from a screenplay by Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa. Both scribes along with Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark will produce.

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Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 6:29 pm Reply with quote
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James Franco (Spider-Man) has signed on to star in 20th Century Fox's Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes. Described as an origin story, Apes is set in present day San Francisco and deals with the aftermath of man's experiments with genetic engineering that lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. Franco will play a driven scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes. Visual effects house WETA Digital -- which will employ some of the groundbreaking technologies developed for Avatar -- will render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors. The film, which starts lensing July 5, will bow June 24, 2011.

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The incredible John Lithgow ("Dexter") is the latest addition to Rise of the Apes, Fox's prequel to its Planet of the Apes franchise starring James Franco. Our exclusive news that Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) was in talks was also confirmed as she's now locked down as the movie's female lead, a primatologist. Rupert Wyatt will direct the feature, which focuses on a scientist (Franco) who has been working on a cure for Alzheimer's that is being tested on apes. The test subject named Caesar evolves rapidly, and the scientist takes him home to live with him and protects him from cruel doctors. Lithgow will play Franco's Alzheimer's-stricken father. The movie shoots this summer in British Columbia.

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Posted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:00 pm Reply with quote
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Straight off the John Landis horror comedy Burke & Hare, Andy Serkis has been cast in the key role of Caesar in 20th Century Fox's Rise of the Apes, the studio's Planet of the Apes prequel that stars James Franco, Freida Pinto and John Lithgow. Set in present day San Francisco, "Apes" deals with the aftermath of man's experiments with genetic engineering that lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. Franco is a driven scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes. Serkis plays the chimpanzee who leads the uprising among the apes after having been raised by Franco and Lithgow's characters, who are father and son in the film. Rupert Wyatt begins lensing the origins story next month. Film unspools in theaters June 24, 2011.

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20th Century Fox has shuffled its late 2011 schedule with "Rise of the Apes", its planned reboot/prequel of the 'Apes' franchise, moved back to a Summer slot reports Variety.

'Apes' will now be unleashed August 5th, three months earlier than the December 9th date it had settled on a few weeks ago. The film has been shuffled about quite a bit, originally slated for June 24th before a delay to Thanksgiving and then December 9th.

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