John Lithgow and Freida Pinto have signed on to co-star in Rupert Wyatt’s upcoming Planet of the Apes prequel, Rise of the Apes. The movie stars James Franco as a scientist who’s been working on a cure for Alzheimer’s and testing it on apes. The potential cure causes the test subject “Caesar” to evolve rapidly and Franco must protect him from the doctors who want to harm the animal. Little does Franco know that trying to find a cure of Alzheimer’s and protecting a defenseless ape will lead to the destruction of human civilization.
According to Heat Vision, “Lithgow will play Franco’s Alzheimer’s-stricken father. Pinto is the movie’s female lead, a primatologist.” Filming begins this summer in British Columbia. Rise of the Apes is slated to hit theaters on June 24, 2011.
With the Fox prequel Rise of the Apes (directed by Rupert Wyatt) getting ready to start filming this July, it looks like the production is looking for both principal actors and extras to star in the movie. But before you get all excited that you can play an ape, as we’ve previously reported, Fox is using WETA for the Ape effects as they’re going CGI rather than men in suits. Yeah, I don’t agree with the decision either.
But if you still want to be in the movie, you should know it’s filming at Mammoth Studios in Burnaby, BC and all around Vancouver. The shoot is scheduled to go from July 5 – September 30 and the film is getting released June 24, 2011. Hit the jump for more info:
James Franco will star in Rise of the Apes, the upcoming prequel to Planet of the Apes. Earlier today, we reported that Franco had signed on to the comedy Ricky Stanicky. According to Heat Vision, Franco will play a scientist who has been working on a cure for Alzheimer’s that is being tested on apes. The test subject named Caesar starts to evolve rapidly, and the scientist takes him home to live with him and protects him from cruel doctors. It is unknown how the events of Rise of the Apes led to Planet of the Apes. We also don’t know why the maniacs took out the Statue of Liberty. It’s a perfectly good statue.
WETA is handling the digital effects and all of the apes in the film will be CG and (hopefully) photo-realistic. Filming is set to begin this summer with director Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist) at the helm. Rise of the Apes is slated for a June 24, 2011 release date.
Fox has scheduled a June 24th 2011 release date for the Planet of the Apes prequel, Rise of the Apes. This new release date means the film will open against Pixar’s Cars 2.
Written by Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa (The Relic, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle) and directed by Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist), Rise of the Apes will tell the story of how “man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.” THR also reports the heartbreaking news that WETA will be creating CGI apes instead of using costumed actors in make-up. I wish I could say that I was shocked. More after the jump.
Artist “Hexagonall” has designed minimalist posters [via The Awesomer] for all of Tim Burton’s movies, plus his short films Vincent, Frankenweenie, and The Adventures of Stainboy (although The Nightmare Before Christmas was actually directed by Henry Selick). For those who don’t know “Hexagonall”, he/she’s the gent/lady who designed the Lost/Saul Bass mash-up back in March. If you like Tim Burton’s movies and minimalist artwork, hit the jump to check out these posters. You can click here if you want to buy them.
Bryan Singer’s much anticipated Jack the Giant Killer and the Planet of the Apes prequel Caesar both start filming in July. According to Production Weekly’s Twitter, Jack the Giant Killer is set to start filming in London and Iceland, and have set up production offices in Robertson plaza. Production Weekly also says Caesar will start filming in Burnaby, BC. More after the jump:
The Simpsons is still plenty capable of putting together a very entertaining half hour over two decades into its run, and this Sunday’s episode “Stealing First Base” was particularly suited for film geeks. First, the episode’s delightfully gruesome “Itchy & Scratchy” short serve as an extended parody of the Philip Glass-scored Koyaanisqatsi as well as a brief mocking of 3D. Later, a Bart kiss inspired a montage of famous romantic scenes in film history–including Spider-Man, WALL·E, Planet of the Apes, and Star Trek among others–which itself was a take on a reminiscent scene in Cinema Paradiso in borrowing Ennio Morricone’s beautiful “Love Theme” from the film.
Hit the jump to check out the clip and a list of the movies referenced. [via Upcoming Pixar]
Good news Planet of the Apes fans, it appears a reboot of the classic film franchise may in fact be moving forward. While the project was originally thought to be dead, reports indicate that Twentieth Century Fox is eager to get a new film underway. Sources close to the project have said, “…the studio is now more determined than ever to make the film”
Initial speculation about the film not happening came when writer Scott Frank (Minority Report, Marley & Me) left the project. Many thought this was the end of Planet of the Apes, but as it turns out the opposite may be true. Fox has turned the project over to producer Peter Chernin and hired writer Jamie Moss (Street Kings) to revise Frank’s version. Furthermore, scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (The Relic, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle), have returned to the fold to polish the dialogue.
Hit the jump to find out what direction the new Planet of the Apes might take.
With Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland finally set to come out March 5 (that crazy Cheshire cat is already burned on my brain from the trailers alone), it seems he may already have his sights set on another Disney fairy tale – but, of course, from his own twisted viewpoint.
AICN is reporting he may – sort of – turn his attentions next to Sleeping Beauty, but instead of just putting his own dark touch on the original, he would transform it to be told from the viewpoint of Maleficent, the “mistress of all evil” who is the movie’s antagonist and would go on to appear in the Kingdom Hearts video game series and other Disney offerings. The movie would, in fact, be called Maleficent.
Personally, I think this sounds like great news, if it actually happens. When he coasts through by-the-numbers remakes like Planet of the Apes and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Burton seems as genuinely uninterested in making them as I was in watching them, but when he really bites into something classic and makes it his own, his movies can be a heck of a lot of fun. And it would certainly give Helena Bonham Carter something wild to play with. Hit the jump to find out what else Tim Burton has on his plate, and of course let us know if you think Maleficent the movie would be a good idea or not.