More Details on Scott Frank's New Planet of the Apes Film
Following our mention last week, it turns out that Production Weekly was right in claiming that up-and-coming filmmaker Scott Frank was on board for a new film in the Planet of the Apes franchise titled Caesar. Thanks to a conversation Frank had with CHUD recently, we now know that the new installment will not be a remake or reboot, but rather a character-driven prequel of sorts that will take a "hard science fiction" angle on the origins of the super-intelligent chimps. To boot, the film is said to not even have talking primates like you would ordinarily expect of anything related to Planet of the Apes. Bold.
Caesar was the name of the young chimpanzee that lead a revolt in the third sequel to the original film, called Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. This association led most to believe Frank's new project would be a remake of that 1972 film. From the sounds of it, Frank is using the character from that film, but not much more. He aims to make Caesar a character you will feel for, even as you witness the animal transforming into an opposing force. The story will be based in modern times and take existing science "one step further." Reportedly, Frank feels the film "needs to be grounded in character and science, and then made to feel real."
Anything that leverages and extends existing science into weird and wild places strikes a chord with me, but I have to wonder how Frank might imbue Caesar with the depth needed to generate empathy and feeling for the chimp (beyond the typical, of course). Apparently this is the trickier question, and one that Frank aims to answers as he rewrites the script. Potential obstacles aside, both Frank and the suits at Fox seem very interested in the project. Head over to CHUD to read more from Scott Frank on the in development project.