Andy Serkis as Caesar the ape in a reboot of the 1960s cult classic “Planet of the Apes,” seethes with anger at the human race in a new trailer. The film will be a prequel to the original, focusing on the rise of the apes.
Roddy McDowall played the inquisitive ape scientist in the original films, but the clunky ape makeup he wore, a leap for its day, pales in comparison to modern-day CGI special effects.
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes will also star James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow and Brian Cox.
It focuses on how apes evolved into intelligent beings who take over Earth following a war that reduces the human population to savages.
WETA Digital in Wellington, New Zealand, is applying the special effects technology.
It won an Academy Award last year for creating the fantasy world and characters in James Cameron’s groundbreaking movie “Avatar.”
Filmmakers are using motion-capture technology to track the motion of the actors wearing special suits with markers.
Then, using computers, the ape features are superimposed on the characters, resulting in a blend of each.
The original film starred Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly and Linda Harrison.
It was released by 20th Century Fox and only cost $5.8 million to make. The sets were primitive and ape society was limited to late 19th century technology.
It grossed more than $32.5 million and spawned four sequels, a television show and a remake in 2001 directed by Tim Burton.
McDowall who play Cornelius and son Caesar in later films was in four of the sequels.
The film hits theaters in August. Check out the trailer below; click to go.