Comic-Con 2011: ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ ascends in Hall H

July 21, 2011 | 6:40 p.m.
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Caesar and James Franco in a scene from "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." (WETA Digital)

“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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9 Responses to Comic-Con 2011: ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ ascends in Hall H

  1. Brizeycon says:

    Previews so far look amazing, Im looking foward to seeing this,

  2. Steve says:

    Why did he take the role? Simple: money. No shame in that, but actors never give that as the reason when interviewed. They just give the standard lines about challenging role, interesting script, etc. Maybe the script was interesting, etc., but we don't know since they ALWAYS say it.

  3. john roche says:

    Rise of the POTA will be the standout movie of 2011.

  4. cynic says:

    Having seen the trailer twice, this film looks ridiculous and unnecessary. The idea that apes armed with spears can take over the world is ludicrous. People have guns. End of story.

  5. Tyrone says:

    I Cant wait to see this marvel of art!! the simple thought of the twist that we did this to our own future! The BEGINING!! of when Apes ruled the world!! Even X-Men did it!!!

  6. bdu says:

    Alot of people is already criticizing this movie and its a shame. It haven't even came out yet and if you dont like it then dont see the movie then plain and simple. I know im gon see it and will love it as well. The movie trailer looks awsome and this will be the best movie this year.

  7. Domo says:

    This movie is AWESOME!!!

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