- Cast: James Franco, Tyler Labine, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, Freida Pinto, Andy Serkis, John Lithgow, David Hewlett, Sonja Bennett, Chelah Horsdal, Jamie Harris, Leah Gibson, David Oyelowo, Monica Mustelier, Karin Konoval, Richard Ridings, Jesse Reid, Terry Notary, Elizabeth Weinstein, Mattie Hawkinson, Jeb Beach, Christopher Gordon, Devyn Dalton
- Director: Rupert Wyatt
- Writers: Pierre Boulle, Rick Jaffa, Jamie Moss, Amanda Silver
- Producers: Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
- Executive Producer: Thomas M. Hammel
- Art Direction: Helen Jarvis
- Castings: Heike Brandstatter, Coreen Mayrs, Debra Zane
- Costume Design: Renée April
- D.O.P.: Andrew Lesnie
- Editors: Conrad Buff IV, Mark Goldblatt
- Makeup: Bill Terezakis
- Music: Patrick Doyle
- Production Design: Claude Paré
- Set Decoration: Elizabeth Wilcox
A single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other -- and to the "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." The Oscar-winning visual effects team that brought to life the worlds of "Avatar" and "Lord of the Rings" is breaking new ground, creating a CGI ape that delivers a dramatic performance of unprecedented emotion and intelligence, and epic battles on which rest the upended destinies of man and primate.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Hawaii, USA; San Francisco, USA; Vancouver, Canada
- Production Budget: $90 million
- Production Companies: Chernin Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
- Production Schedule: 5 July 2010 - 17 September 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "Ten years after Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes" remake fizzled with critics and at the box-office, Fox is aiming to reboot the franchise with this new spin that's best described as an unconnected prequel to the original 1968 film. The well received script is a cautionary tale that deals with genetic experimentation leading to the creation of a hyper-intelligent chimpanzee to which one young scientist (and us as an audience apparently) come to sympathise with.
Said chimp, named Caesar, is just the start of the development of smarter simians and an all-out monkey insurrection. Unlike the previous films which used impressive make-up effects, all the apes in this $90 million project are to be computer-animated and are to be created by WETA Digital using motion-capture technology from "Avatar". Caesar himself will be played by Andy Serkis.
The film's tone is also said to be informed by the fourth and darkest chapter in the old film series, "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes," which had a similar storyline. However previously attached scribe Scott Frank at one point dismissed the comparison saying this film doesn't go so far as to have apes rioting in the streets. Yet I have to wonder why Fox feels the need to refresh this franchise now. What can this take bring, beyond the obvious technical advancements, that wasn't already explored in the previous six films and the TV series?"