Looking to permanently wash away the memories of Tim Burton’s tepid and oh so silly Planet of the Apes remake? (Really, why did Helena Bonham Carter’s ape have perfectly shaped eyebrows?) Fox is moving full steam ahead with its prequel, hiring an effects company, giving the flick a new title, and even setting a proposed release date.
According to Variety Twentieth Century Fox will release the prequel Planet of the Apes: Rise of the Apes on June 24th, 2011, with Rupert Wyatt confirmed to direct and Peter Jackson’s visual effects company WETA handling all the digital bits.
Wyatt will be working from a script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. No other details were available at press time, but we’re hoping for something along the lines of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, which in itself was a prequel starring Roddy McDowall playing a very intelligent ape named Caesar who spearheaded the revolt against the humans. Please, powers-that-be — GIVE US THIS and make it violent!
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