Planet of the Apes Prequel Release Date & More Release News
The biggest news today is that 20th Century Fox has officially announced details on their upcoming Planet of the Apes prequel, tentatively titled Rise of the Apes, which will start shooting this summer. Fox has also set Rise for release on June 24th, 2011 next summer. In addition to confirming that The Escapist director Rupert Wyatt will be directing from a script written by Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa (both of The Relic), Fox announces that Weta Digital (who did the VFX on Avatar) will render, for the first time ever in this series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors. A few other studios have announced major release dates.
Paramount has also announced via Deadline that Mission: Impossible 4, presumably being directed by former Pixar director Brad Bird, will now hit theaters on December 16th, 2011 instead of May next year, as originally announced. Instead, Steven Spielberg & J.J. Abrams' mysterious Super 8 project will arrive in theaters sometime next summer (but an exact date hasn't been set yet). Fox has also announced that Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D, the fourth movie in that franchise, is now in development and hits theaters on July 13th, 2012. I've lost all interest in that animated series, so I probably won't be seeing it anyway.
Lastly, Warner Bros has set an earlier October 22nd, 2010 release date for Clint Eastwood's newest film Hereafter starring Matt Damon. They've moved that up a couple of months from December, which must mean they think they've got a strong Oscar contender and commercial hit on their hands. That's all of the updates we've seen, but the Planet of the Apes news is the most exciting part. Did we miss anything else?