Official Press release:
“RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES” is a completely new take on one of the Studio’s most beloved and successful franchises. Oscar-winning visual effects house WETA Digital — employing the groundbreaking technologies developed for AVATAR — will render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors. This is an origin story in the truest sense of the term. Set in present day San Francisco, the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.
Starring JAMES FRANCO, FREIDA PINTO, JOHN LITHGOW, BRIAN COX, TOM FELTON and ANDY SERKIS, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES will be in theaters on August 5, 2011.