Variety reports that not only are the rumors true about a prequel to the 1968 original being made, but it’s due to hit theaters next summer. The apes will all be CGI, courtesy of Peter Jackson’s WETA Digital (they know monkeys; look at King Kong), and the plot sure sounds familiar.
“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.
Oh yeah. If memory serves correctly, that was the basis for Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, one of many sequels that had a circular arc in a coherent series. Initially, Rise of the Apes was going to be called Caesar… the name Roddy McDowell picked from the dictionary as his new name. CotPotA was my favorite entry in those follow-up films, and if they mess this up we can forget about another attempt at this franchise for a long time.