“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” returns a storied sci-fi epic to screen but the creative team promised fans at Comic-Con International that they would see an entirely new vision with this seventh “Apes” feature film.
“It’s never been possible to tell this story, technologically,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” director Rupert Wyatt told the audience, explaining why Fox is revisiting the franchise just a decade after Tim Burton interpreted the story about chimps that achieve humanlike levels of intelligence. “We wanted to tell our story without using live apes for any number of reasons. It would be a cruel irony to tell the story of the exploited and repressed and use live apes to do so.”
Andy Serkis, who delivers a motion-capture performance as lead ape Caesar, appeared to explain why he took this role after playing an ostensibly similar one in “King Kong.”
“People said to me, ‘How come you’re playing another monkey?’” Serkis said, going on to describe the appeal of Caesar’s transformation from “a young, innocent soul” to “a kind of Frankenstein’s monster.”
The Hall H audience saw footage of Caesar getting ensnared in a violent confrontation in the tranquil neighborhood he shares with his scientist owner (James Franco) and recruiting other apes to an uprising, culminating in an action sequence involving an army of chimps rampaging over bridges, freeways and skyscrapers.
– Rebecca Keegan
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