‘Rise of the Apes’ movie looks to rise later this summer

'The Rise of the Apes' movie is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated movies of summer 2011. Starring James Franco as the lead protagonist, it also stars Andy Serkis, John Lithgow, Freida Pinto, Brian Cox and David Hewlett along with 'Harry Potter' actor Tom Felton.

It’s a big summer for Felton, who says goodbye to Hogwarts with the July 15 release of ”Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.” But a few weeks prior to that big event, Felton is getting into some serious monkey business with “Rise of the Apes,” the Fox film that is enjoying renewed interest in Hollywood with the strong advance word on its Weta Digital visual effects and the career heat around leading man Franco.

Felton, for one, is pulsing with excitement about director Rupert Wyatt’s “Apes” revival, which takes place in contemporary San Francisco and sets the stage for the events that took place in “Planet of the Apes,” the 1968 sci-fi classic that yielded four sequels as well as Tim Burton’s2001 remake and several television shows.

Felton also could not say much about the movie: “I have to be careful here because they haven’t given me a clearance to divulge the entire plot — as much as I’d like to. I can tell you it’s a great story. I’m amazed, really, that they didn’t do [the original films] in this order and start with this modern-day story. It seems logical to start with this story and then go forward from there. But here we are; they’ve come back and done this interesting story. It essentially follows one particular ape. The story follows this one ape as he ends up in a primate facility, a facility where my character works. Needless to say, I’m not that keen on the monkeys at my facility. I’m not the most pleasant person they’ve ever come across in their life. I show this one particular ape that there is a dark side to humans, and I’m not very nice. And that leads to a backlash …”

The film will be released on June 24, 2011.

QUOTED FROM: FROM LA TIMES


In-Production, Summer 2011


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