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Planet of the Apes Prequel Release Date & More Release News

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May 6, 2010
Source: Deadline

Planet of the Apes

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?

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  • blasphemer
    Simpson's did it!!!!!......
  • DoomCanoe
    Simpson's did it!!!!!!.... ...
  • iceman
    photo-realistic apes? i'm not sold...
  • uberman
    Good director-a guy who made an adult movie as opposed to some ADHD peice of shit. And as for THE RELIC? I think it was one of the best monster movies in years and waaaay undervalued. One of the things that made the first "Planet of the Apes" so compelling was the suspense and very real sense of peril. The sets were also real and filming it outside as opposed to a cheap, cartoony looking soundstage like Tim Burtons horrible re-imagining helped as well. I just hope this new prequel is adult, dark and serious.
  • Cody w
    This is so unnecessary...now they get to fuck up one of MY favorite sagas.
  • troll
    FLIPPED warner brothers 08/06/2010 SOMETHING BORROWED warner brothers 06/10/2011 MARVIN THE MARTIAN warner brothers now tbd (i assume the JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH sequel will replace it) HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA sony 09/21/2012
  • Hattori Hanzo
    Dr. Zeus, Dr Zeus; Dr. Zeus . .Dr. Zeus, Dr. Zeus; Dr. Zeus .. Dr. Zeus, Dr. Zeus; Dr. Zeus... Dr. Zeus! Oooh, Rock me Dr. Zeus!!
  • ryderup
    "I just hope this new prequel is adult, dark and serious." Who are you kidding...
  • ryderup
    And, I thought he apes in Burtons film looked really cool. So making them digital? Please...
  • Bigape
    yeah...if it's not wahlberg i ain;t going. i know...wahlberg..but still i liked it (the 2000+ one)
  • jomba joose
    #7 you stole my thunder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahaha!!!!! Great minds think a like!!
  • I liked the original title "Caesar" much more, but I'm still interested in this. In regards to Eastwood's film "Hereafter", I wonder if it'll have a hint of sci-fi at all. It says "Supernatural" so I guess that could be interpreted as sci-fi. Eastwood seems to have tackled every genre except science fiction and I'd love to see where he could go with that.
  • nick g
    can't wait, but i want the continuity of the original 1968 classic to be maintained. certain things must happen...humans becoming mute, aldo saying "no", cats and dogs having been killed. humans losing and apes winning. NO HAPPY ENDING...make it as dark as possible! that would be realistic and brilliant!
  • I think this is quite alarming. Teletransportation of human/apes to other planets . . . and then humans. I would much prefer back to the good old days. Pat

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