James Franco Cast In The New PLANET OF THE APES film

Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: Variety

According to Variety, actor James Franco has been cast to play a young scientist in the 20th Century Fox, "Planet of the Apes" reboot, entitled, "Rise of the Apes".

The film, which will begin production in July, is being directed by Rupert Wyatt ("The Escapist").

So far, the film which was first announced way back in 2008, has had it's share of development problems, and has changed directors already once.

This past April Wyatt, a relatively unknown UK film maker, stepped in after Fox gave Scott Frank the boot.

The film has also gone through a long line of name changes. Originally it was to be called, "Genesis: Apes", then simply "Caesar". As of last month it was to be called, "Planet of the Apes: Caesar", now the film is set to begin production under the title, "Rise of the Apes".

No matter what it will be called, I have a feeling the name will change again, this new "Apes" film will essentially relaunch the popular movie franchise in a similar fashion as the 1972 movie "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes."

This time, however, the apes won't be slaves who were lead to rebellion by the spawn of Cornelius and Zira. No sir, these intelligent apes will be the product of genetic engineering.

Not much else is known about the film, except that it is to take place in San Francisco, and that the apes will rise up and kick the crap out of us humans.

Oh, and CGI effects, provided by Peter Jackson's effects house WETA Digital, will replace human actors in ape makeup and costumes (made famous by the late John Chambers in the original "Apes" movie and television series).

Fox has targeted June of 2011 for a release.

See Also: Planet of the Apes: Caesar Set To Begin Production In July / Scott Frank Plans To Take Planet Of The Apes In A New Direction / Is Fox Planning To Re-Boot The Planet Of The Apes?

Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971)(20th Century Fox) / Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970)(20th Century Fox) / Actress Profile - Linda Harrison / Planet Of The Apes (1974)(TV) / Planet Of The Apes (1968)

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