Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Set

On June 3rd 2013, I flew to New Orleans, LA to visit the set of Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes follow-up Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. There, I learned a great deal about the Matt Reeves-directed sequel.  After the jump, read about my Dawn of the Planet of the Apes set visit and discover the secrets behind the next chapter in the Planet of the Apes series.

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It seems like each week we get word of yet another new project inspired on some fairy tale or other, but The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, based on the novel by Christopher Healy, sounds more promising than most. Perhaps it’s because it’s not so much a rehash of any specific fable as it is a sort of sequel to several of them, picking up with the handsome princes of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel after they supposedly head off to live happily ever after with their princesses. Though the source material won’t hit bookshelves until May 1, the movie rights have already been snapped up by Fox Animation, with Chernin Entertainment attached to produce. More details after the jump.

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This past August, I had the opportunity to visit the Vancouver set of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which is essentially a reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise. A lot has changed in the eight months since I visited the Apes set. As you know, the release dates have changed a few times, the title has morphed from Caesar, to “Caesar: Rise of the Apes” (which was the title they were using on set), to Rise of the Apes to the now even more-wordier title “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” After the jump you will find a video blog I recorded with Germain Lussier — who at the time was writing for Collider, but you now know him as one of the members of the /Film writing team. So even that has changed.

In our in-depth video blog, we talk about our experiences on the set of the film, including our tour of the sets from the movie, concept art demonstrations, interviews with the key cast and crew and more. Throughout the next week, I’ll also be posting transcripts of some of the interviews we conducted on set. After the jump you can also find a pretty lengthy conversation with producers Dylan Clark, Thomas Hammel, writer/producer Rick Jaffa and director Rupert Wyatt.

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