More news on the potential Planet of the Apes prequel…

Heres a little update (as promised) about the upcoming Planet of the Apes sequel/prequel.

According to reports, Fox (US) is still excited about the property and have now tapped “Minority Report” scribe Scott Frank to write and direct the project (now titled “Caesar”).

The film is not a remake of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. This is a fact that Frank can’t stress to enough – his film will not feature talking monkeys, and it will not end with chimpanzees running wild in the streets, taking over the world. But it isn’t entirely divorced from the world of Planet of the Apes, either. In fact, Frank sees his movie as the opening chapter in a saga that could span the thousand years between today and a world where apes rule.

Frank is also looking to telling a hard science fiction story. The science that creates a hyper-intelligent chimpanzee is based on current real world research – this film would just take that science one step further. He’s also committed to telling a story based on character, not antic ape action. His plan for Caesar is one where you come to really feel for this ape, even as the final act sees him taking actions that may be hard for us to agree with.