Scott Frank Turns ‘Apes’ into ‘Cesar’
Genesis: Apes, the reported remake of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, was acknowledged as a live project by Fox president Tom Rothman and now 20th Century Fox has turned the project over to Scott Frank (Minority Report). The writer/director has already renamed the film Cesar and told CHUD that the film is an original story and not a remake.
The movie, the site notes, “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.”
Scott explained that he’s been researching modern day science and extrapolating what it would take to evolve common apes into a “hyper-intelligent chimpanzee”. In addition to the hard science, he intends to make audiences relate to the characters including the simian dubbed Cesar.
CHUD reports Scott is at work on rewriting the script he inherited from Rick Jaffa (The Relic) and Amanda Silver (Eye for an Eye) in addition to figuring out how he can work with real animals and not CGI creations or people in suits. He also anticipates a final go or no go from Fox by February which means at earliest, Cesar wouldn’t be seen in theaters until 2010.