Rothman Confirms New Apes Film

Last month came a report on CHUD that 20th Century Fox had been in development of “Genesis: Apes”, a new “Planet of the Apes” movie that would essentially be a remake of the fourth film – “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes”.

At the time the project was considered pretty much dead, but now Fox’s production chief Tom Rothman talked about the project during breaks between a marathon showing of the five original ‘Apes’ movies on the Fox Movie Channel over the weekend.

According to CHUD, after the original “Planet of the Apes” aired the other night Rothman appeared on-camera during a retrospective segment and said: “We are very close at Fox on a new Apes script – this one a kind of prequel story before the first story, with a return to the social thematics that mark the first one, but with an entirely contemporary setting – Earth 2009.”

The move comes just as the original series hit Blu-ray and has reportedly been selling extremely well for the studio.