Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger will not be reuniting with The Terminator director James Cameron in Avatar 2, despite earlier reports suggesting otherwise. On Monday (16Sep13) sources told Latino Review that the veteran star has been cast as a villain in the sci-fi sequel, but the rumour has now been denied by officials at 20th Century Fox studios.
According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, a Fox spokesperson stated on Tuesday (17Sep13) that the actor will not be starring in the Avatar follow-up and has not even been considered for a role.
In August (13), Fox bosses announced that screenwriters Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno are collaborating with Cameron on the screenplay for three sequels to the hit 2009 movie.
The screenwriting couple behind 2011's Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes have been commissioned to revamp dinosaur movie franchise Jurassic Park. The news that Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are working on a fourth film comes a year after movie mogul Steven Spielberg, who directed the first Jurassic Park and its sequel, announced plans to make another movie at the 2011 Comic-Con event in San Diego, California.
Well here's hoping this isn't a Tyrannosaurus Wreck! (I'll be here all night, folks.) It's being reported that the world's favorite movie about dinosaurs ever (I don't care what you Land Before Time fans say; Little Foot was such a wimp.) has confirmed itself a set of scribes to get the script rolling on the sequel.
Universal has officially tapped two writers to helm the script on Jurassic Park 4; Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (who previously wrote Rise of the Planet of the Apes together. The movie will (of course) be produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, however it is being reported that Spielberg won’t direct this one as he did the others. Either way it sounds totally Juras-sick (here we go again) and no doubt fans of the first three films will be waiting velocirapturously (too much?) for more news!
A quick request, though: obviously Sam Neill needs to come back (there is no Jurassic Park without Dr. Alan Grant), but if there's any way to get Jeff Goldblum back in this thing as well, that would be damn-near evolutionary (yep, I'm just going to keep doing this) and totally the tricera-tops! (sorry I'm not sorry).
If you can't wait for your dino-fix, have no fear: the 3D version of the original film is slated to hit theaters on July 19th, 2013.
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One of the surprise hits of Summer 2011 Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a sci-fi thriller out of place in a season full of superheroes sequels and animated movies. Though its CGI and state-of-the-art motion capture technology is what drove the masses to the theaters the sociological message at the film’s core is what made it such a unique blockbuster. That and Andy Serkis of course. The former (and future) Lord of the Rings star takes on the role of Caesar in the big-budget prequel to the classic franchise and is without a doubt the greatest special effect the film boasts. His performance evokes more emotion than any of the other actors were able to deliver and the digital character he helps create is one of the true cinematic marvels of the year. Lucky for me (and all fans of the film) Fox’s home entertainment release of Apes is an in-depth look at how it was made as well as an ode to the original series.
Before I tell you all about the great special features the Blu-ray contains I must first make mention of how incredible the HD transfer of the film is. The 1080p picture enhances the aesthetic of the Apes and the natural environments featured in the movie ten-fold; this is perhaps the first time that I preferred a home-viewing instead of a theater screening. And don’t even get me started on the sound: with a decent 5.1 surround sound system you’ll be able to hear the Apes in a virtual three-dimensional setting as they make their way from tree to tree and roof to roof. It’s a world that you’ll be happy to be immersed in and the bonus content will take you even further inside.
The deleted scenes don’t just add to the story they inform the viewer of the genius of Andy Serkis as most feature the performer’s raw unfinished footage as Caesar. These clips show you how his movements and facial expressions would eventually translate to the final cut and it’s incredibly fascinating to behold. A perfect complement to these scenes then is a featurette entitled “The Genius of Andy Serkis” in which his co-stars producers and director gloat about his superpowers. For the longtime Apes follower another extra “Mythology of the Apes” finds the filmmakers discussing the legacy of the Charlton Heston movies at length including how older plot points informed the prequel. With “A New Generation of Apes” the WETA visual effects team dishes on the challenge of bringing an army of Apes to the big screen while “Breaking Motion Capture Boundaries” expands on it with on-set footage that shows you the equipment used to make the monkeys and doubles as a stunt display that breaks down the gripping Golden Gate bridge sequence at the climax of the movie.
The musically inclined audience will love another featurette that finds composer Patrick Doyle discussing the thought-process behind the beautiful score of the film. It’s an enlightening piece of content as I find it most interesting to hear why certain harmonic choices were made at pivotal points in the picture. All too often a movie’s non-pop soundtrack doesn’t get the attention it deserves so it’s nice to see the Fox was willing to give this incredibly talented department its due on the disc. Additional features include “The Great Apes” a documentary that shows you how various primates live in today’s world a concept art gallery trailers sneak peaks and two separate commentary tracks one with director Rupert Wyatt and another with writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver which are both worth tuning in to.
I’m often disappointed with the lack of bonus content available to consumers on Blu-ray discs but Fox Home Entertainment treated this release with utmost care and consideration so my advice is to add Rise of the Planet of the Apes to the stockings of the movie fan in your home this season.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was so good, it almost poses a problem. That problem being, when the ape planet does eventually rise and overtake our oppressive human regime, it'll just seem kind of meh in comparison. But you know what won't seem kind of meh? The Rise of the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray and DVD, coming out on Dec. 13!
Andy Serkis, James Franco, John Lithgow, Freida Pinto, Tom Felton, Tyler Labine, Terry Notary, Karin Konoval and Brian Cox make Rupert Wyatt's new take on the classic series a wonderful ride.
And this ain't no monkey busin—um... tomfoolery. There is a hefty sum of intriguing special features (listed below the picture) to make you go bana—uh, moonstruck.
So stop futzin' around! Ape-proof your house, build up an immunity to the deadly pandemic, and make sure you hide all of your Draco Malfoy memorabilia. The best movie of the summer is coming out on Blu-ray and DVD, and the only question is...will you join the craze? Okay, maybe there is one more question.
Alpha Gets Shot Will's Meeting with Lab Assistants Will Discovers Caesar Has Solved Puzzles Caesar Plays with Bicycle Caesar Questions His Identity Caesar Bites Off Neighbors Finger Will Ignores the Risks of an Airborne Mutated Virus Rodney Gives Caesar a Cookie Rocket Gets Hosed by Dodge Caesar Destroys the Lab and Koba's Attempted Revenge on Jacobs Caesar Pushes Helicopter Koba with Shotgun Pre-vis for The Future
Capturing Caesar – Script to Screen
Studying the Genius of Andy Serkis
Multi-Angle: Rocket Cookie Scene
A New Generation of Apes
Breaking Motion Capture Boundaries
Breaking New Sound Barriers: The Music and Sound Design of Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Chimpanzee Gorilla Orangutan Audio Commentary by Director Rupert Wyatt
Audio Commentary by Writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
Character Concept Art Gallery
Three Theatrical Trailers
Rise of the Planet of the Apes hasn't even been out for a week yet, but the box office returns have been huge. So ... sequel?
That's what some member's of the creative team behind the James Franco-starring hit are prepared for. In fact, writers Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa are thinking sequels. Plural.
Nothing has been officially decided on, but Hollywood loves it some sequels, and audiences went bananas over Rise last weekend (and they continue to); critics, too, have been pretty smitten. So the only question now would seem to be: When does the sequel get the go-ahead? Or perhaps even: How many get the go-ahead?
Jaffa, one-half of the married-couple writing team, had this to tease to TheWrap: "We’re definitely teed up. We feel very confident that there will be [a sequel], but at this point it’s still wait-and-see." He then said that the duo has all along written drafts that would seamlessly allow for a sequel -- or multiple sequels.
Source: The Wrap
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As its title suggests Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes is intended to lay the foundation for a new franchise of sci-fi flicks in which humans and super-intelligent apes battle for earthly supremacy. Its duty then is to explain within the span of two hours and with a modicum of credulity how exactly our simian friends might come to supplant us atop the animal kingdom. The scenario was at least partially addressed in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes the fourth entry in the original series’ convoluted and time-warped canon and while Wyatt's film draws inspiration from Conquest it is by no means a remake. Nor for that matter is related in any way to Tim Burton’s underwhelming 2001 entry. (And thank goodness for that.)
The titular rise begins as with many of the world’s great catastrophes with the actions of one highly irresponsible man. Will Rodman (James Franco) is a genetic scientist of prodigious talent and questionable ethics who works at a fancy San Francisco biotech firm called Gen-Sys (subtle!). His effort at producing a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease carries an ulterior motive: His father (John Lithgow) suffers from it and is close to entering its final stages. Will is close to a breakthrough when one of his chimpanzee test subjects goes well apesh*t causing his company’s suitably callous CEO Steven Jacobs (David Oyelowo gamely spewing lines like “I run a business not a petting zoo!") to order the research facility’s entire chimp population liquidated.
Will is busy carrying out the grim mandate when he discovers that one of the test chimps has borne an offspring one he can’t bring himself to euthanize. Instead he and his primatologist girlfriend Caroline (Frieda Pinto gorgeous and superfluous) partners in appallingly bad decision-making decide to raise the infant chimp as their own naming it Caesar. Having inherited his mother’s gene modifications he shows signs of advanced intelligence and quickly develops a close bond with his adoptive human parents. But Caesar soon outgrows his domestic habitat and eventually must be shipped off to a simian “sanctuary” that is in reality anything but.
At this point we’re halfway through the film – and miles away from erudite apes and enslaved humans. To get us on track director Wyatt executes a rather audacious tonal shift transitioning abruptly from what was heretofore a fairly sober Project Nim dramatization into the balls-out apes-gone-wild summer action flick promised by the film’s trailers. His efforts are aided tremendously by his screenwriters Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa whose clever absorbing script offers just enough plausibility in the first half to make its increasingly loony second half not just palatable but downright enjoyable. Wyatt strikes a delicate thematic balance respecting the subject matter while acknowledging its inherent silliness. (Scattered throughout the film are sly nods to previous Planet of the Apes films as well as a glimpse of Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments.)
The silliness accelerates seemingly by the frame in Rise’s latter half as Caesar mounts a conspiracy to escape his Dickensian squalor exact revenge upon his cartoonishly malevolent captors and take his simian revolution to the streets. And it only gets crazier from there – the third act is basically a PETA wet dream. As far as cautionary tales go Rise is about as cautionary as they come.
Andy Serkis who performed all of the performance-capture work for Caesar is a marvel in the role though the question remains as to how the credit should be divvied up between him and the technicians at WETA digital who “painted” the character’s CG features. And make no mistake Caesar is very much a character – as well-rounded and fully-formed and convincing as they come and easily more compelling than any of his non-digital counterparts. Franco for his part is credible enough as a scientist who in spite of his academic credentials is a bit of a dolt (and perhaps a tad disturbed) and Lithgow tackles a relatively thankless role with grace. But the real stars are all those damn dirty apes.
I can’t help welcoming our new primate overlords. It’s hard to have high hopes for the Planet Of The Apes prequel, since Tim Burton’s recent foray into the franchise was so dismal, but there seems to be a lot of talent involved. Brian Cox is the latest to join the impressive cast of Rise Of The Apes. Cox, known for his impressive scenery-chewing capabilities, has been cast as “the villainous owner of a primate sanctuary” who will inevitably be first up against the wall when the Ape uprising starts. Cox joins cast members James Franco, John Lithgow, and Andy Serkis, who is putting the motion capture suit back on to play the ape leader Caesar.
Rise Of The Apes will be set in the modern day and serve as an origin story for the primate franchise. The story follows a scientist (Franco) whose genetic engineering accidentally creates an advanced race of apes, led by Caesar. The film is being directed by Rupert Wyatt, who previously worked with Cox on The Escapist, and written by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa.
Source: The Wrap
Fox has set James Franco to star in Rise of the Apes, the Planet of the Apes prequel that Rupert Wyatt is directing at Fox, reports Deadline.
Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark are producing with Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa. Production is to start on July 5 for a planned June 24, 2011, release.
Silver and Jaffa wrote the script.
Per Deadline, the film is set in contemporary San Francisco, where a genetic engineering experiment leads to the creation of intelligence in apes, causing an inevitable conflict between species.
Franco will play a young scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes.
Variety notes that Franco beat out a number of Hollywood's young elite actors for the role after a weekend sit-down with Wyatt that resulted in an amazing meeting of the minds, according to insiders.