20th Century Fox showed new Rise of the Planet of the Apes footage at San Diego Comic-Con and wisely put it online immediately so we wouldn’t have to post a buttcam bootleg. The audience in Hall H saw the clip below and the ones from yesterday. The new clip shows an army of primates attacking San Francisco, which is what I imagine a normal day on the west coast looks like. The director explained to the Hall H crowd why they rebooted the franchise so quickly (besides “for piles and piles of money”).
“It’s never been possible to tell this story, technologically,” Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt told the audience, explaining why Fox is revisiting the franchise just a decade after Tim Burton interpreted the story about chimps that achieve humanlike levels of intelligence. “We wanted to tell our story without using live apes for any number of reasons. It would be a cruel irony to tell the story of the exploited and repressed and use live apes to do so.” [HeroComplex]
Okay, so that’s their reason for the mo-cap, and I’ll admit it’s growing on me a little. A couple of the scenes in the clip below, particularly the end, were a bit intimidating. You could even say these apes aren’t monkeying around. . . . Play me off, Johnny!
What was that director guy saying about exploited animals again? I’ve already forgotten. Ha, funny kitty.
[Clip via ComingSoon]