Planet of Apes prequel gets 2011 release ... and CG apes?

Fox is confirming rumors of a Planet of the Apes prequel film, tentatively titled Rise of the Apes, and has set a June 24, 2011, release date.

Here's what Variety reported:

"Rise of the Apes" is an origins story set in present-day San Francisco. The film is a reality-based cautionary tale, where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

WETA will render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors.

CG apes? We don't know about that ...

As previously reported, Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist) will direct from a script by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa.

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