WETA's Joe Letteri recently provided an update on the currently-in-development Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. To check out the interview, head HERE. Also, visit our new page devoted to Planet of the Apes over at the Media Geek Network, by clicking HERE.
From Acting-Audtions.org: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," Twentieth Century Fox's sequel to its blockbuster 2011 hit feature film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," is in pre-production and gearing up for a March, 2013 filming start date in New Orleans, Louisiana. With a $93 million budget and over $483 million at the box office, this second film in the reboot series of films is being highly anticipated. Principal actor casting for the film's lead roles co-starring roles will be cast in Los Angeles, with additional casting in New Orleans. All extras, photo doubles, and stand-ins will be cast throughout filming in New Orleans.
The extremely talented and necessary actor returning is Golden Globe winner Andy Serkis as the ultra-intelligent genetically altered ape Caesar. Serkis is the most highly respected and critically acclaimed motion capture actor in the entertainment industry, and has won many awards for that type of work including a Screen Actors Guild Award. Some of his credits include Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies, Universal Pictures' "King Kong," Captain Haddock in Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin," and Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes".
Go behind the screams with Monsterama, the original series hosted by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Monsterama focuses on every aspect of monster movie mania imaginable. From Hollywood special effects, creature shops and monster make-up to the latest creature collectibles. This episode looks at Planet of the Apes collectibles.
According to Deadline, 20th Century Fox has narrowed down their list of directors to replace Rupert Wyatt on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed), Juan Carlos fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) and Jeff Nichols (Crazy Heard and Mud). Says Deadline, "This should all be decided rather quickly, and it certainly helps having a movie with a sequel people are eager to see as a way for Fox to test its new mantra to attract emerging hot filmmakers to work at the studio. Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver have turned in a script the studio likes. The first film grossed $483 million worldwide and seamlessly set up the apocalyptic sequel plotline."
Deadline.com is offering up an exclusive report that director Rupert Wyatt may not be helming the sequel to his 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Reports the site, "I’m told that Wyatt’s exit is similar to the same reason that Gary Ross stepped out of Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Wyatt didn’t feel comfortable making the May 23, 2014 release date that the studio announced in May.
Fox declined comment, but clearly something is going on. This would be a blow to the studio, but Fox and Chernin Entertainment have such a big hit here that they can aim high for a new helmer. The studio likes the script that Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver have turned in, and they are gearing up to make the date in a movie where the apes take over." What's your feeling about this possible turn of events? Sound off in the comments section.