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Planet of the Apes Film May Have a Director

According to Mike Fleming at Deadline Hollywood, it looks like there is a director circling around the Planet of the Apes reboot, at this moment called Caesar.
Writes Fleming, "Rupert Wyatt has moved into poll position on 20th Century Fox's Planet of the Apes prequel. No start date, but Wyatt's come aboard to develop to direct. Script's by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. Wyatt last directed The Escapist."

It would seem that 20th Century Fox is serious about relaunching the series. It will be interesting to see if this take (a loose remake of 1972's Conquest of the Planet of the Apes) will actually relaunch the franchise.

Interesting coincidence: Wyatt was born the same year Conquest was released. Meaningful? Let's pretend it is.

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EdGross
3/11/2010

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6 Comments

Any other Apes fans out there? I'd love to get a discussion going on this one.
EdGross - 3/11/2010, 3:46 PM
i have them all in my dvd collection. so the tim burton one was a "reimagining" and this one is a "reboot".........too funny.

i remember when there was going to be an ape movie remake with arnold swarznegger playing an astronaut who travel to the future. that would have been an interesting one. please have a cameo by mcdowell.
superdog - 3/11/2010, 5:12 PM
The interesting thing is that this one starts where the fourth film was rather than going back to the beginning, which is what Burton did.

Unfortunately McDowall passed away.
EdGross - 3/11/2010, 7:40 PM
yeah but cgi can bring him back :). so its a reboot of burtons film and a remake of a sequel to the original series? but its also a prequel because the ape sequels were in the past of the original? now im really confused. .
superdog - 3/12/2010, 8:19 AM
Forget Burton's film. It has nothing to do with that.

Here's the chronology:

1. Planet of the Apes: Charlton Heston lands on the planet, thinking it's an alien world. At end finds out its earth in the future.

2. Beneath the Planet of the Apes: Another astronaut arrives, film ends with earths destruction. The year is 3955.

3. Escape From the Planet of the Apes: Three apes had taken Heston's ship to blast into orbit, shock wave of earths destruction opened a time warp and sent them back to our present. Cornelius and Zira are killed, but their child ape lives.

4. Conquest of the Planet of the Ape: The child grows up to be Caesar and leads ape slaves in rebellion against humanity.

The idea of the new film is to start with Conquest's position in the timeline. An ape is genetically enhanced to think at least as smart as a human and is given the ability to talk. Events happen that leads him to revolt against humans, and leading other apes in that struggle. Not sure what stage it will get to, but THIS will be the launching point of a new franchise, and the saga will, theoretically, continue from there.
EdGross - 3/12/2010, 8:43 AM
ah.....now i get it. there basically starting with present day earth and going forward, as apposed to future earth and going backwards with time travel. that makes sense. the originals had the whole terminator style pre-destination time travel concept that always confuses me. this will be much easier to follow.
superdog - 3/12/2010, 9:16 AM

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