I have such clear memories of the early Planet of the Apes films. I was too young to see them in the theater. However, watching them on television made me a life long fan. The television series in the seventies only ran for 13 episodes before it was cancelled. Roddy McDowell who played as Cornelius in the big screen, returned to play as Galen in the franchise. McDowell brought respectability to a show that was relentlessly dismissed by critics.
After all those theatrical features and television series, it's odd that Twentieth Century Fox would make an effort and reboot this series with a prequel. While the movie certainly isn't needed, Rise of the Planet of the Apes attempts to fill in the details on the uprising of a smart ape takeover of Earth.
The film produced with a budget of $93 million and released in August 2011, it has made over $175 million in the USA and Canada as well as over $300 million worldwide.
Now, 20th Century fox has teamed up with Matt Reeves (Let Me In) to develop a sequel to their box office success Rise of the Planet of the Apes, titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes or Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2. Reeves will helm the project based on a script by Mark Bomback. Peter Chernin will produce the film along with Dylan Clarke, Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa. According to hollywoodreporter, Australian actors Jason Clarke and Kodi Smit-McPhee are onboard for unspecified roles in the sequel. It is set 15 years after the events from the first film.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is expected to release in mid-2014.