Rise of the Apes Moves Back to Summer
03.24.11 by Ryan
20th Century Fox's Planet of the Apes prequel, Rise of the Apes, was originally slated to open in June, before the studio decided to allow Apes to conquer Thanksgiving weekend. Box Office Mojo reports that Apes has been moved to August 5, after Fox moved the Jonah Hill-starring comedy The Sitter from August 5 to December 9.
According to The LA Times, the move was made after Fox saw some of director Rupert Wyatt's rough footage and special effects and deemed the prequel worthy of a summer release (again). Apes will now open opposite the 3-D animated The Smurfs and the body-switching comedy The Change-Up, starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman.
Rise of the Apes stars James Franco as a brilliant scientist who makes a breakthrough in ape intelligence with test subject Caesar (Andy Serkis), in what will inevitably mean a war between humans and apes.
Described as "a reality-based cautionary tale," Apes was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Eye for an Eye), and co-stars Tom Felton, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, and Freida Pinto.