New Planet of the Apes Prequel 'Ceaser' is Shooting This July?
It looks like it finally may be happening. Production Weekly is reporting via their Twitter that 20th Century Fox has opened up production offices at Mammoth Studios in Burnaby, BC (outside of Vancouver) for their new Planet of the Apes prequel titled Caesar: Rise of the Apes. They also report that shooting starts in mid-July. We've reported bits and pieces about this new Apes project previously, but we didn't know if it'd ever make it into production. But if you believe it, it's almost ready to go. I have a feeling this is all accurate since it probably came from an industry tracking board, so get ready to see a new Planets of the Apes movie!
About a month ago, news broke that British director Rupert Wyatt (of only The Escapist previously) would be taking on the new Planet of the Apes prequel and directing from a screenplay co-written by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (The Relic). This is probably the same project, which will supposedly focus on a chimpanzee named Caesar who eventually leads the revolt in the third sequel (1972's Conquest). Other reports say that it will be set in contemporary San Francisco and also focus on genetic research and have plenty of homages to the original 1968 Charlton Heston film. All Planets of the Apes fans should certainly be excited by this news!