Rupert Wyatt Named as Planet of the Apes Prequel Director

It seems 20th Century Fox’s Planet of the Apes prequel is coming closer to fruition as Rupert Wyatt’s name has been reported as the project’s director. Based on his last project, The Escapist, which won the British Independent Film Award for Best Achievement in Production, he looks to be a pretty good choice.

The news came from Deadline New York, which says there’s still no firm start date for the project, which is based on a script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (co-writers of Eye for an Eye and The Relic).

With no other details available at this time, we’ll be keeping a close watch on how this one plays out. In the meantime let’s revisit this classic scene from the original:

Uncle Creepy

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  • Floydian Trip

    I remember the original, which I saw about 10 years ago when deciding which had better apemen between it and 2001. Kubrick won. Can’t remember a thing about the remake and I suppose I’m better off. I seem to remember in the original that another spacecraft had been discovered crashed on the planet. I could be wrong and I don’t care. Planet of the Apes never did anything for me. Thinking about it just makes me want to watch Westworld.

  • Vanvance1

    Planet of the Apes doesn’t need a remake. Oh wait, that already happened… proving once again that Tim Burton has NO SOUL but that people will continue to enjoy his now cliched and generic imagery (ooo, shiny).

    What Planet of the Apes (the original) needed was a few sequels and a tv series. OH WAIT! That happened too.

    What we need is a NEW IDEA! That hasn’t happened.

    P.S. Without Rod Serling’s involvement (and I’ve been told his corpse is terribly unproductive) this is going to be a snooze/shit fest.

    • jkincer

      Well said, my thoughts exactly. Tim Burton is the only person who can rival my hatred of Michael Bay.

  • Terminal

    I wonder how they’ll go about this. If it will be the story of Caesar or just a complete re-imagining. Also I wonder if we’ll see Ape-raham Lincoln.

    • The Woman In Black

      According to the IMDB (take that for what you will) Jaffa and Silver are attached to a film in development called “Caesar” (release date 2011) so I think you’re definitely on the right track.

  • Big_Bad_Wolf

    We’ll see how this turns out. “Where there is fire, there is smoke…”