After giving us all a very, very pleasant surprise with Rise of the Planet of the Apes last summer, director Rupert Wyatt seemed poised to deliver us an equally awesome sequel. But now it seems that could all be slipping away, because rumor has it Wyatt's leaving the flick.
Rumors of a fourth installment in Steven Spielberg's hit dino franchise Jurassic Park have swirled for years, but now it seems the project is finally getting off the ground—and they've hired some reboot maestros to make it happen.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was successful and acclaimed enough to definitely merit a sequel, and director Rupert Wyatt (like us) is excited about where the rejuvenated franchise will go next. In fact, he's so excited about the future of the apes that he left some clues in Rise's DVD and Blu-Ray commentary track.
Given what we know about the Planet of the Apes saga—and that, eventually, the ape society is full of a bunch of chatty Cathys—it only makes sense that the sequel to this past summer's surprise hit would start connecting the dots from Ceasar's mostly mute clan to the future. Right?
20th Century Fox is ramping up its Oscar attack by releasing a new campaign ad trumpeting Serkis' Caesar performance in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. With sentimental strings underscoring behind-the-scenes shots, Fox hopes hearts will be stirred and Academy voters will be swayed. Will it work? Grab a hanky and watch.
If the Apes prequel is about how humanity deserved to be replaced as the dominant species by a race of sentient primates, is it any surprise that PETA would be on board? Oh, all right. It probably has something to do with animals not being tortured during filming, too.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes seemingly contradicts the accepted Planet of the Apes canon. The 1968 Planet of the Apes, loosely based upon Pierre Boulle's 1963 satirical novel, spawned four sequels, a disappointing Tim Burton-helmed remake/re-imagining/relaunch/whatever-you-dub-this-garabage, a short lived TV show, an animated series and a multitude of comics from a variety of publishers.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes wound up being one of the more pleasant sci-fi surprises at the movies this year, but it almost had one more surprise that might not have gone over so well. According to a Twentieth Century Fox executive, star James Franco's character Will Rodman almost didn't live to see the end of the flick.
James Franco is known for trying pretty much everything—which includes writing short stories, teaching at NYU, appearing on General Hospital and hosting the Oscars. Now it looks like he's trying something new—badmouthing his upcoming movie Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.