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Fox’s Planet Of The Apes Prequel Gets Renamed … Again

Fox has renamed its Planet of the Apes prequel a third time, moving from Caesar to Caesar: Rise of the Apes to Rise of the Apes before settling now on Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Comic Book Movie reports the change was triggered by marketing research that found a better response to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which follows the title structure of the original five films released in the late 1960s and early ’70s (Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Battle for the Planet of the Apes).

Directed by Rupert Wyatt, the prequel/reboot stars James Franco as as Will, a scientist who, while testing a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, causes the rapid evolution of an ape test subject named Caesar (Andy Serkis). The film, which also stars Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Tom Felton, Tyler Labine and Brian Cox, opens on Aug. 5. Look for the first trailer to hit on April 15.


  • Michael Sacal

    I SOOOO want this movie to be set within the original’s timeline. No more reboots!!!

  • Scud

    Andy Serkis? I’m sold.

  • Roddy M

    I’m so glad the title is now Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It follows the title structure of the original five films. I was thinking, “How are they going to make a Planet of the Apes film without the word Planet in the title.” I know that it’s only a slight title change, but this makes me a lot more excited for this film.

    Now this movie is starting to feel like a real sequel/prequel to the Planet of the Apes sequel.

    I just hope the inevitable sequel is better than Battle for the Planets of the Apes.

  • Jacob

    Prequel means it’s not a reboot.

  • Jacob

    Is anybody excited about this movie? I’m not a fan of the franchise and haven’t been following any of the news about this movie, so I’ve got no idea other than “James Franco WOO”

  • Justice Gray

    I’m pretty sure it’s a reboot. The proposed plot of this movie makes the fourth movie in the original series (which was a prequel in itself) impossible to have occurred in the manner it did.

  • Michael Sacal


    See? We don’t know what this is. They say it’s a prequel because it takes place in the present but they also say it’s a reboot.

    What I think is that this movie will present the events that lead to the rise of the Planet of the Apes as they occured BEFORE the time paradox from Escape, in which Zira and Cornelius went back in time and had a child who lead the conquest of the Earth in the next movie.

    That’s what I hope will happen, at least, for this movie to lead into the first one with Heston, which in turn leads to the next four movies that create the time paradox and the TV series that, basically, replaced the first two movies.

    There would be two timelines. The first one would be the one in which Will, the scientist played by Franco, creates the first intelligent ape, Caesar, who conquers the Earth and leads to the planet of the apes seen in the first two movies. That timeline ends with the destruction of the Earth when Taylor detonates the Alpha/Omega bomb.

    The second timeline would be a paradox created when Zira and Cornelius go back in time during the explosion and have the child that conquers the planet two decades before Will created Caesar (Conquest took place in the 90s, I think).

    That timeline continues in the following movie, Battle, and the weekly TV series, which presents a POTA that is considerably different from the one seen in the first two movies (i.e. humans can talk).

  • Michael Sacal

    I am. The POTA movies are awesome (except for Burton’s. It has its moments, but it doesn’t fit)