New 'Planet of the Apes' Will Do Away with Those Stupid Realistic, Intricately-Detailed Costumes

May 7, 2010

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Rumor of another attempt at rebooting Planet of the Apes have lingered for a while, but throughout them all, I'd foolishly been assuming that, whatever form the next film took, it would retain the charming, convincing costume-work that was a mainstay of the original series and the saving grace of Tim Burton's 2001 film. Not the case! It turns out we can now make apes "photo-realistic" with computer machines, so we're just going to do that. Deadline says:

Twentieth Century Fox has set a June 24, 2011 release for RISE OF THE APES, a completely new take on one of the Studio’s most beloved and successful franchises. Oscar®-winning visual effects house WETA Digital – employing certain of the groundbreaking technologies developed for AVATAR – will render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors.

It was inevitable. I always knew humans would eventually be replaced by apes. But I never could have guessed they'd be photo-realistic.

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