Hey folks, Harry here... I know that Andy Serkis has been cast as Caesar in Fox's upcoming RISE OF THE APES this summer, but in my head I was always thinking... "Oh, that's cool, Andy will finally get some make-up work" because... ya know, it's an APES pic, and APES pics mean make up. At least in my monkey brain. But over at the LA TIMES they've interviewed Tom Felton, that lil bastard what tried to kill DUMBLEDORE, so evil. Anyway, must separate man from character. Its hard, especially when you have a die hard HARRY POTTER super freak living with you. Anyway, Tom was talking to reporter, Geoff Boucher and while he wasn't allowed to go to deeply into the plot of RISE OF THE APES, which is weird, because the script has been out for ages, he got quite geekily excited that this time, the Apes were being created Digitally... by WETA.
Yeah. Digital. Now, WETA is the tops for this kind of work, but... oh man. Every tiny corner of my brain is sort of freaking - just because... well, ya know... if you're going to restart the APES franchise, and you're gonna start at BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES and go linearly... this makes sense. Stylistically, this will radically reshape what we know of the APES series visually. Will they even be upright human Apes at all? Once you go digital, it frees the motion and the dynamism of the characters. BUT OH MAN, what a risk. I'm sure WETA will do great, but it kind of kills me a bit. It also explains why we haven't been seeing pics of characters in Ape makeup. Which, of course FOX would have been releasing.