You know that post I wrote just yesterday (read it here) about the new Planet of the Apes prequel film in development over at Fox? Well, we’ve got some new details and it will NOT be a prequel. 20th Century Fox has hired writer/director Scott Frank (Minority Report) to develop a new film currently titled Caesar, but it will not be a remake of the film Conquest of the Apes, nor will it be called Genesis: Apes as was previously rumored [courtesy CHUD]:
Caesar is not a remake of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. This is a fact that Frank can’t stress to you enough – his film will not feature talking monkeys, and it will not end with chimpanzees running wild in the streets, taking over the world. But it isn’t entirely divorced from the world of Planet of the Apes, either. In fact, Frank sees his movie as the opening chapter in a saga that could span the thousand years between today and a world where apes rule.
What’s most exciting about Caesar is that Frank is committed to telling a hard science fiction story. The science that creates a hyper-intelligent chimpanzee is based on current real world research – this film would just take that science one step further. He’s also committed to telling a story based on character, not antic ape action. His plan for Caesar is one where you come to really feel for this ape, even as the final act sees him taking actions that may be hard for us to agree with.
Be sure to head on over to CHUD to read the rest of the article.