Fox Taps WETA for Effects, Locks Date For ‘Planet of the Apes: Rise of the Apes’

Some pretty cool news this afternoon as Twentieth Century Fox has announced a June 24, 2011 date for the newly titled Planet of the Apes: Rise of the Apes, the prequel to Tim Burton’s abomination to be helmed by with Rupert Wyatt. The title is tentative as “Caesar” was the original working title. The best news is that Fox is partnering with Peter Jackson’s visual effects company WETA Digital, who will render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors. 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. Wyatt will direct from a script by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa.