I’m not really sure we’re ready to return to the Planet of the Apes franchise, especially after sitting through the last Planet of the Apes movie.  But I’m not the decision maker on these kinds of things, which means Rise of the Planet of the Apes is shot, and ready for you to check out.

An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. April 14, 2011 at 9:45 am — Reply

    It looks like it might be good.

    If you want to talk about ludicrous prequels, the original “Planet of the Apes” puts some of the “Star Wars” prequels to shame.

    At the very least, this one looks better than “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.”

  2. junkmasterzero
    April 14, 2011 at 10:17 am — Reply

    How does this work with Caesar leading the rebellion?

  3. Ashen
    April 14, 2011 at 11:31 am — Reply


  4. April 14, 2011 at 7:09 pm — Reply

    Every part of me wants to say no to this, but that trailer was effing cool. The CGI looks great, and James Franco is a badass. Count me in!

  5. April 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm — Reply

    As a lifelong ‘Apes’ fan, I gotta say this looks pretty cool. This looks like it takes the right elements of the Apes mythos, expands on and reframes them. There was always a social commentary aspect in even the worst of the Apes films, and it looks like this movie will have some of that as well.

    Hopefully it will wash the horrible taste of Burton’s 2001 film from my mouth.

  6. TaZ
    April 14, 2011 at 8:10 pm — Reply

    “Damn dirty apes!”

  7. Norberg01
    April 14, 2011 at 10:26 pm — Reply

    Okay. So if this is the second movie in a trilogy, the third one should have Kamandi in it, right?

  8. Kirby
    April 15, 2011 at 7:34 am — Reply

    Okay I’m interested.

    But if humans are going to use brain drugs that boost intelligence, and give it to gorillas, we deserve to be the inferior species for being too dumb to live.

  9. eric
    April 15, 2011 at 7:39 am — Reply

    Hell this looks better and more lighter in tone than the Green Lantern movie. I want to see GL but damn can there be some light to it? I never knew OA to be so damn dark and foreboding.

  10. Brainlock
    April 17, 2011 at 11:40 am — Reply

    I thought I couldn’t care less about this film, but then saw the trailer before Scre4m.

    I’m geeked now, and not just because it looks cool or because it features Brian Cox and SOCK!
    (yeah, that’s SOCK! in the freeze frame, big blond guy.)

  11. April 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm — Reply

    Yeah, it is cool that Tyler Labine is in this – didn’t see that coming.

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