Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Hard to believe that this is actually Andy Serkis...
Planet of the Apes has always been a story that greatly interested me.

I mean, movies about ape-like aliens putting humans in zoos and taking over the world? That sounds pretty cool, if you ask me.

I've never seen any part of Planet of the Apes, but the story has still intrigued me. That, and I've always wanted to watch it so I can dissect the proposed worldviews, but I do that with every movie I see anyway.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is definitely high up there on my "To Watch" list, mostly because of Andy Serkis (that man is pure awesome genius!) but also because of the story and so I can dissect the worldview. And now that a sequel's being made, I find myself even more anxious to see Rise so I can see this next installment.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to 2011's Rise, a story that takes place not too long after tehe events of its predecessor. The synopsis (courtesy of Movie Insider): "The sequel, which continues the story of the original film, follows the apes on the path to emerge as society's new rulers."

That would be kinda strange, having a bunch of gorillas in Congress with human slaves who wait on their every whim.

This is when I could totally and very easily make a crack about the government.....

....but I won't. =)

Even in its early development stage, Dawn still has a nice handful of notable people attached to it.

Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield) has taken over the directing chair, which was formerly inhabited by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Escapist). Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver - both of whom wrote the Rise screenplay - are on hand again to write Dawn, and they have been joined by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Informant!, Bourne Ultimatum).

What makes me really, really, REALLY excited, though, is that Andy Serkis is returning to play Caesar, the genetically enhanced main ape who is planning world domination. Serkis is a brilliant actor, particularly in the field of motion-capture (which explains how he is realistically able to play an ape without the use of a suit and fifty layers of make-up), and I just love to watch him act. He's probably my favorite actor, and I can't think of a single film of his that I didn't like.

Brilliant man. Just amazingly brilliant!

20th Century Fox is also distributing this sequel, as well as producing it alongside Chernin Entertainment.

Currently Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is in the Development Phase, when the script is finalized and casting and budgeting begin. The film is set for a May 23, 2014 nationwide release, but that could change over time. No worldwide date has been set yet.

Officially the film is not being filmed in 3D, but that hasn't been confirmed yet. Personally I think they should go ahead and film it in 3D. If they don't, they'll probably end up converting it later, so they might as well just do it now.

Besides, enraged apes taking over the world in 3D? I think I wanna see that.... =D

Do you think Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be Good, Bad, or Ugly? Did you ever see the original Rise of the Planet of the Apes? If you did, did you like it?

 - Edessa, signing off


  1. Ah, Andy Serkis. The man who brought us Gollem and the captain guy in The Adventures of TinTin. He is a great actor!

  2. You would probably like Planet of the Apes, the original is one of my favorite sci-fi movies and Rise was great as well. :) Looking forward to Dawn, Andy was amazing as Ceaser in Rise, one of the most realistic CGI creatures yet.


  3. I didn't get to see Planet of the Apes yet, although I desperately want to, because I LOVE Andy Serkis. He is nothing short of incredibly talented and amazing :)
    This sounds like a promising movie, and makes me want to see Planet even more.

  4. You need to watch the first 3 planet of the ape movies... I have a grudge against the originals for reasons I won't give away in case you like surprises...=P

  5. I saw the new Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes It was...intense. I didn't really like the ending. It ended to abruptly. The movie sent chills up my spine. It was cool and scary at the same time. But now I'm super excited for the new movie! I can't wait!


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