Earlier this month we heard that the Planet of the Apes prequel would begin filming in July. Now 20th Century Fox has set an official release date for the film, which will be called Rise of the Apes, of June 24th 2011.
According to Variety Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist) has been confirmed as the director, and Peter Jackson’s visual effects company WETA Digital will render photo-realistic apes rather than have actors in costume. Imagine the Na’vi from Avatar, but as apes.
Rise of the Apes is an origins story set in present-day San Francisco. The film is a reality-based cautionary tale, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.
Earlier we heard that the film would follow a hyper-intelligent chimp raised by humans who incites a worldwide ape revolution and causes the downfall of humankind, which I like the sound of. I don’t hate humanity, I just think it’d be cool to see apes rising up and taking over the world, that’s all.
Rise of the Apes will be going up against Car 2, and will be released a week after Green Lantern.