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Planet of the Apes: Caeser moving forward

PlanetoftheApes.jpgMuch more than moving forward, the planned prequel to the Planet of the Apes series is set to begin filming in July and the production offices for the film have opened. That means it's really going to happen, and according to details it may not be a prequel of the original series.

You'll remember there was some confusion as to whether they were going to turn away from the storyline set-up in the original Planet of the Apes film or begin something totally new, avoiding all that's gone before. Well it looks like they're starting something new, sort of.

Word is that this will be a prequel to the Tim Burton's original novel adapted version of Planet of the Apes, not to the original Planet of the Apes series of films, a series which would have set-up the creation of the first hyper-intelligent ape just perfectly.

According to Production Weekly through JoBlo, and although I'm not a subscriber you can get the gist from the tweet, the production offices are set-up and filming is to begin mid-july, so everything's a go for sure.

The extra piece they have over and above the tweet is the following:

”...the forthcoming prequel to the Tim Burton directed remake that will be helmed by Rupert Wyatt.”

What? A prequel to the Tim Burton film? Well that does cut out the idea that the first intelligent ape was born from...wait, if you want to watch the originals I'll tell you that the following could be a big spoiler for the original franchise, so leap forward over the next paragraph now.

Done? Okay, well the original sees the two chimpanzees Cornelius and Zira go back in time to our Earth after getting on board and returning in a spaceship that we sent to follow the original astronaut from the Planet of the Apes films, George Taylor. With me? Well they returned with their infant Milo, who it was pretty clear was going to become the leader of the rise of the apes in the past, and the instigator of Earth falling to the superior race, and what's more is that we made him that way.

Anyway, that's not going to be the case, and it looks like this film will stick with that original plot that we heard about, that man genetically engineered the hyper-intelligent animal that begins the revolution and the uprising that causes the ultimate fall of humans on Earth.

It'll be interesting to see how it happens, for I'm sure we're not going to be faced with one super intelligent creature and hundreds of normal apes (and I know I'm using that term loosely, but it works with the title of the film) around him. There's got to be some larger group behind him.

From that aspect it'll be interesting to see how they develop the script, but frankly I'm gutted that they aren't exploiting the original set-up from the franchise. Of course there is an advantage, if this turns out to be poor, probably in 3D, at least it can be kept far from the classic originals as possible.

Saying that though, the director is still Rupert Wyatt, and he's a good director who delivered an interesting film with The Escapist (Filmstalker review). There's hope for the film yet.





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