Planet of the Apes

20th Century Fox has hired Rupert Wyatt to develop and direct a prequel to Planet of the Apes. Wyatt directed The Escapist which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival to medium buzz and decent reviews. I wasn’t taken by the movie, but I know it was one of Alex from FirstShowing’s favorite movies of that year. The screenplay, titled Caesar (named after the ape who leads the rebellion against the humans in Conquest), was written by screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The Relic).

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In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Peter, Devindra, and Adam weigh in on the Planet of the Apes prequel, discuss their lack of enthusiasm for Milk, and praise the latent talent of Keanu Reeves. Chris and Jimmy from the enormously popular Scene Unseen podcast join us to deliver their movie review stylings for Australia.

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Scott Frank’s Planet of the Apes Prequel

So what’s going on with the proposed Planet of the Apes sequel/prequel? 20th Century Fox has hired writer/director Scott Frank (The Lookout) to develop a new film based on the Planet of the Apes film property. At first it was rumored that the film would be a remake of Conquest of the Apes or a new film called Genesis: Apes, but according to Chud that is not the case.

The project is going under the working title “Caesar”. Fox’s Tom Rothman says that it is “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 film won’t have talking monkeys and will not end with chimps taking over Earth. Instead the film will be a hard science fiction film about humans that use science to create hyper-intelligent chimpanzees.

I’m still not convinced that we need another Planet of the Apes reboot at this point. The general public is going to need more time to forget Tim Burton’s remake. And the original films still work.And lets face it, what’s the last good film project developed at Fox? But if you are going to reboot the Apes franchise at this point, Frank’s Caesar sounds like the best possible concept.

Another Planet of the Apes Reboot?

According to CHUD, Fox is considering (read: probably won’t happen) relaunching the Planet of the Apes series again with a remake of the prequel Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. Referred to internally as Genesis: Apes, the script written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver is set in modern times and tells the story of Caesar, the first talking intelligent ape who leads a campaign to unite the species and overthrow human society.

I agree that Tim Burton’s remake of the original film was a disaster, but I’m not sure going with a relaunch/prequel is a good idea either. I would rather them hire a visionary with a good sense of story to completely rewrite a film based solely on only the few core elements. I’d like to see it set only a few years in the future, just weeks after the Apes take control of our planet. I’m not really interested in seeing the uprising as much as the immediate aftermath, where the Apes and the humans are still trying to figure out this new world.

Discuss: Should Fox try rebooting Planet of the Apes? And if so, what approach should they take?

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