"No less a critic than C. S. Lewis has described the ravenous addiction that these magazines inspired; the same phenomenon has led me to call science fiction the only genuine consciousness-expanding drug." Arthur C. Clarke

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

A new reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise called Rise of the Planet of the Apes is set to be released on August 5.  The film will be an origin story for a new film series much like the original film did in 1968, and stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, and Andy Serkis as Caesar.  As opposed to the earlier films (including Tim Burton‘s 2001 remake) which used actors in monkey suits, Rise uses CGI motion-capture technology to create the apes.  Serkis would seem to be the perfect fit for this, as he played the title character in 2005’s King Kong as well as Gollum/Smeagle in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, both of which used similar CGI technology.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The original 1968 film, which starred Charleton Heston and Roddy McDowall, did not explain the origin of the Planet of the Apes which the protagonists find themselves on, while the 2001 remake, starring Mark Wahlberg, did.  If one was to leave out the newer remake, this new movie will fit in perfectly, much as Batman Begins showed the origin of Batman without damaging the continuity of the earlier films.  Rise will simply show the origin that the original franchise never explained, and after this the sequels can be more similar remakes to the original films.

Andy Serkis as Caesar

As hard science fiction films, the Planet of the Apes franchise is pretty good; even the Tim Burton remake had good hard science fiction qualities.  The first film, especially, shows Einstein’s theory of time dilation in a vessel traveling nearly the speed of light.  The Planet of the Apes franchise is one of my favorite science-fiction film series.


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