It looks like those CGI apes need more time than 20th Century Fox originally thought. THR reports that the studio has moved Rise of the Apes back from June 24th to November 23rd, giving Peter Jackson’s visual effects company WETA and extra 5 months of post-production.
It also means the movie will now be released a week after The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and will go head to head against The Muppets. In its previous slot it was sandwiched between Green Lantern and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, so there is now more room for the big summer movies to breathe.
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. One hyper-intelligent chimp called Caesar (motion captured by Andy Serkis) incites a worldwide ape revolution and causes the downfall of humankind.
James Franco will be playing a young, driven scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes, with Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto playing a primatologist.