Friday, 7 May 2010
Planet of the CGI apes
Here's the press release:
"Twentieth Century Fox has set a June 24, 2011 release for RISE OF THE APES, a completely new take on one of the Studio’s most beloved and successful franchises. Oscar®-winning visual effects house WETA Digital – employing certain of the groundbreaking technologies developed for AVATAR – will render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors.
Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark will produce for Chernin Entertainment under its new pact with Fox. Acclaimed filmmaker Rupert Wyatt (“The Escapist”) is directing from a screenplay by Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa, who also are producing.
RISE OF THE APES (tentative title) is an origin story in the truest sense of the term. Set in present day San Francisco, the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy."
Now, I thought Wyatt's debut feature The Escapist was pretty damn good, and I wish him luck with this, but I'm not sure about CGI apes. The series has always relied on actors in makeup, and whatever you think of Tim Burton's Planet Of The Apes, it features terrific work from Rick Baker and his team.
This move signifies a major departure for the Apes films. Is it the right one? Only time will tell...