Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes: First Look

I love the Planet of the Apes film series, love it! I’m one of those odd ducks though that thought the television series was actually better than the motion pictures…before you get your pitchforks and torches…please understand that I appreciate all of the lore they introduced on television.

On August 5th of this year the next film in the ‘series’ will hit the big screen. It stars James Franco, Brian Cox, John Lithgow, and Andy Serkis. Serkis is taking on the role of none other than Caesar with motion capture work by WETA digital.

I can only assume this is a remake/reimaging of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, which is one of my favorite of the films to be honest. Why? Check out this awesome speech by Roddy McDowall as Caesar:

“Where there is fire, there is smoke. And in that smoke, from this day forward, my people will crouch and conspire and plot and plan for the inevitable day of Man’s downfall – the day when he finally and self-destructively turns his weapons against his own kind. The day of the writing in the sky, when your cities lie buried under radioactive rubble! When the sea is a dead sea, and the land is a wasteland out of which I will lead my people from their captivity! And we will build our own cities in which there will be no place for humans except to serve our ends! And we shall found our own armies, our own religion, our own dynasty! And that day is upon you… now!”


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5 thoughts on “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes: First Look

  1. TheSixMillionDollarJedi says:

    I’m a huge fan too. I’ve never seen the TV series though. It’s in my Netflix queue so I need to bump it up and get to viewing it before the movie comes out. The animated series is free to stream on Hulu if anyone is interested.

    This footage looks great. It’s eerie and creepy. And I also like that they changed the title to fit the other films in the series.

  2. Atari Adventure Square says:

    The Planet Of The Apes series is epic, so a modern re-do has a lot of work ahead to do it justice (and hopefully, at least *some* of the people behind it will want that).
    I’d bet WETA’s crew is full of POTA fans, so there’s that.

    And before I’d round you up in a net and cage you with mute hotties for your comment about the ape movies, Vic, I thought about it and you’re right (sorry Aldo, put the horses back in the stables).
    The TV outings have been generous with regards to the original story of Pierre Boule and, in particular, I’m rather fond of the short-lived but surprising Return To The POTA animated series.
    All in all, the live-action show elaborated a bit on the subject, but had the winning aspect of having one of my favorite stars – Roddy McDowall – in full ape regalia, nourishing my need for a return to the ape’s universe.

    But about Conquest – it’s too bad the production company felt the need to tack on a retreat from full conquering mode with the added “but not today” ending to the speech.
    I wonder if the Blu-Ray edition of it, supposedly restored with a few seconds in some way, has that addition removed?

    Anyway, I hope interest in a world of apes returns with this new movie.
    It will prepare us for our eventual simian conquerors (shortly before the zombie apocalypse).

  3. I’ve heard the Blu-Ray release of Conquest has the original ending…I think I know what I’m picking up at the store tomorrow.

    You are both right, friends, about the Return to the POTA animated series. By the way…is that one of the most frightening openings for an animated series ever…or is it just me. :)

  4. Doug says:

    Just watched the cartoon intro, and I wouldn’t say it’s creepy at all. Unless, of course, you’re creeped out by such little things as upside-down crucifixions. Seriously, what was in the water there?

  5. The Doc says:

    The Blu Ray does have the original ending in it thank goodness! I am a huge Apes fan and been a collector of the action figures for some time. I was appalled at the Tim Burton version and will not even consider it within the Apes realm. That is the first DVD I purchased that I literally threw in the trash because I never wanted anyone to have to sit through that garbage again! Thanks Tim Burton for screwing up both Apes and Willy Wonka!!

    The upside down shapes in the cartoon are reminiscent of the same figures from the first movie. They are supposed to be scarecrows and they are supposed to represent people hanging from their feet. Roddy McDowell told the story about them in a DVD extra he shot called Back to the Planet of the Apes. In the first film, they originally shot a scene where the Apes hung the primitive humans from their feet and then skinned them like a Thanksgiving turkey. Obviously this was way too graphic and was never officially shot for the movie. But as a tribute to it, they left in the scarecrow figures. I was pretty amazed to see them in the cartoon as well.

    I truly hope the new film is better than the Tim Burton atrocity, but then again that would not take much. Although with James Franco in it, I’m not holding my breath. John Lithgow could be interesting if used properly.

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