During the Visual Effects Society summit over the weekend, Fox’s president of post-production Ted Gagliano revealed that their recent sci-fi hit “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” had a different ending in mind to what was originally shot.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gagliano says the filmmakers originally thought James Franco’s character should die, then changed that decision.
Franco then spent a few hours shooting the alternative goodbye to the ape Caesar (Andy Serkis) over the July 4th weekend – just one month out from a wide international release.
Naturally this added more complications to an already challenging post-production schedule that was already laden with extensive visual effects work. He adds that “we are going to sell (the alternative clip) down the road” which means we’ll likely see it on the disc release.