Planet of the Apes sequel gains director
While the title of the story says it all there's something much more interesting about the news of the assignment of a director to the project, more for what he has written and directed before than anything else.
However the story also confirms that we're not just looking at a prequel to the recent Planet of the Apes film we've seen, but a remake of a previous film called Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.
Yes back at the start of November we talked about the fact that the leaked plot was extremely similar to Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, a film from 1972 that told of how an extremely intelligent ape led the uprising of all apes against the humans who had enslaved them.
The ape in question was the son of Cornelius and Zira, who had been given birth to on current Earth after travelling back to the current time from the future Planet of the Apes - confused?
Well the original Planet of the Apes had the astronaut going into the future and arriving on the Planet, and through a series of films two apes who were sympathetic to the enslaved humans returned to the Earth that the Astronaut had arrived from, our time and our Earth.
Of course we were far from sympathetic and wanted to put them into an experimentation and study program, whereas they just wanted to live as everyone else. Not only that but they were a couple and pregnant, and they gave birth to a baby boy.
That was the boy that grew up on Earth and led to the uprising of the apes in the first place, isn't that all rather ironic?
Well that was how the original story got there, so I'm wondering how they are going to leap straight towards this storyline without everything in between. I'm wondering if they can easily connect it with Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes and have apes return in his time machine, or are they going to go with something completely different?
I personally like the time paradox of the ape coming from the future and the cause of the uprising in the first place being the fault of the human going forward in time, however if they don't connect with the first film this is going to be lost.
The plot line, according to Production Weekly through Cinema Blend, is going something like this:
"The origins of how the Apes took over Earth. A hyper-intelligent chimp raised by humans incites a worldwide ape revolution and causes the downfall of mankind."
So that suggests there's none of the previous clever time story in there. Perhaps he's just born that way, perhaps he's genetically engineered, either way it loses that clever twist straight out of the box.
The director. I know you've been waiting for that one. It's Scott Frank who wrote and directed the excellent The Lookout. He's also written a number of other films, including Malice, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Minority Report and The Interpreter.
Now that sounds an interesting choice, and with only The Lookout on his directing resume, we're going to be wondering where this film could go. Perhaps he's also going to be under a lot of studio pressure to make the film a certain way.
The name of the film? Well so as we're totally confused it's going to be called Ceaser. Yes, nothing to do with Planet of the Apes, after all that would confuse us wouldn't it?
What do you think of the idea? Is it going too far away from the original series, should it connect with Burton's film? Should they have gone for a sequel of his film first?