Rise of the Apes Pushed Back; Tom Felton Offers a Few Details
01.18.11 by Ryan
THR reports that 20th Century Fox has moved its
Planet of the Apes prequel, Caesar: Rise of the Apes, from its June 24 release date to a more Thanksgiving-friendly date of November 23. The move was precipitated by Oren Aviv's move from head of production at Disney to a co-president of domestic theatrical marketing and chief marketing officer at Fox, which interrupts the usual red flag that a scheduling change often signals.
Rise of the Apes stars James Franco, fresh off his lauded performance in 127 Hours, in a movie described in the official synopsis as "a reality-based cautionary tale" that takes place in the present day and follows the origin of genetic engineering that eventually raises the intelligence of apes. Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist) directed from a script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Eye for an Eye) that cast member Tom Felton told the LA Times was "brilliant."
"It’s one of my favorite scripts of any I’ve read," said Felton, who will be appearing in his first post-Harry Potter role now that Rise of the Apes has been moved. "It’s a brilliant script. It’s a prequel to the classic, Planet of the Apes, so it explains how the apes came to power and it’s a fantastic story, really."
Felton will play a research facility employee named Dodge, a role that will see Felton continue his evil, Draco Malfoy ways. "I love playing a villainous role, and I would happily be known for that," admitted Felton, who would not reveal much about the movie's plot but did offer a few details.
I have to be careful here because they haven’t given me a clearance to divulge the entire plot — as much as I’d like to. I can tell you it’s a great story. I’m amazed, really, that they didn’t do [the original films] in this order and start with this modern-day story. It seems logical to start with this story and then go forward from there. But here we are; they’ve come back and done this interesting story. It essentially follows one particular ape. The story follows this one ape as he ends up in a primate facility, a facility where my character works. Needless to say, I’m not that keen on the monkeys at my facility. I’m not the most pleasant person they’ve ever come across in their life. I show this one particular ape that there is a dark side to humans, and I’m not very nice. And that leads to a backlash...
Besides Felton and Franco, Andy Serkis, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, and Freida Pinto co-star in the movie. The effects are being handled by Peter Jackson’s WETA Digital.