Fox is confirming rumors of a Planet of the Apes prequel film, tentatively titled Rise of the Apes, and has set a June 24, 2011, release date.
Here's what Variety reported:
"Rise of the Apes" is an origins story set in present-day San Francisco. The film is a reality-based cautionary tale, where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.
WETA will render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors.
CG apes? We don't know about that ...
As previously reported, Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist) will direct from a script by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa.