Planet of the Apes Prequel Scheduled for June 2011
05.18.10 by BJSprecher
As fans of the Planet of the Apes movies know, it's inevitable that we humans will eventually be overthrown by our ape brethren to become servile savages in a world tailor-made for gorillas, orangutans, and chimpanzees. The question is: How exactly will this happen? Plans to answer that question in a prequel movie, scheduled for release June 24, 2011, were recently announced.
20th Century Fox's announcement was accompanied by this brief synopsis.
Rise of the Apes (Tentative Title) 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.
The Planet of the Apes franchise is based on the 1963 novel La Planète des Singes (Planet of the Apes) by French author Pierre Boulle. There have been five feature movies so far, including director Tim Burton's 2001 Planet of the Apes, which is a reboot of the original 1968 movie. The franchise spawned a Planet of the Apes TV series in the '70s, which was turned into a series of telefilms in the '80s, an animated series, several adapted and original novels and comic books, toys, and a whole host of other related products.
The Rise of the Apes screenplay was written by the team of Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Eye for an Eye), who are also producing along with first-time producers Dylan Clark and Peter Chernin. Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist) will direct. No cast announcements have been made at this time.