Reboot doesn’t have to be a dirty word, we could argue that Rupert Wyatt’s excellent Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a prequel to the iconic original 1968 movie but lets just call it what it is. Wyatt’s take on the beginnings of the ape revolution was not only a smash hit at the box office, it was a carefully constructed film that pushed the limits of special effects without compromising the humanity of the story.
The first trailer goes live next week but ahead of that those clever people over at 20th Century Fox have released the first poster of the movie to make us fans go ape. Caesar (played by motion capture king, Andy Serkis) leads the uprising against the survivors of the deadly virus that wiped out most of the human population that was unleashed over a decade ago. The now intelligent race of apes have reached a fragile truce with mankind, this time of peace is short-lived and stage is set for an epic battle to decide which species will control the planet.
Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves takes over from Rupert Wyatt after he left the project, it is a real shame Wyatt isn’t returning for the sequel as his creative vision was a huge part of what made the movie work. Reeves is a more than suitable replacement and he’s supported by writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver returning to scripting duties this time joined by Wolverine scriber Mark Bomback. On a side note, Bomback also worked on the script for the Fifty Shade of Grey movie although to what degree is still unknown. Planet of the Apes is a movie I hold very dear to my heart, I would also like to make it clear I’m talking about the original Charlton Heston version NOT the very wonky Tim Burton remake. Although the quality of the sequels diminished with each entry, that first movie is a bonafide classic in every sense of the word.
Despite the fancy special effects I wasn’t really looking forward Rise of the Planet of the Apes when it was released, as it turns out the movie was one of the best of the year and remains a regularly viewed Blu Ray in my collection.
Joining Andy Serkis on the apes side is Judy Greet and Toby Kebbell with Gary Oldman, Kerri Russell and Jason Clarke fighting for humanity. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes arrives in cinemas July 2014.