Many in the VFX field consider creating the world of the apes as the “holy grail” of visual effects wizardry. WETA is applying some of the lessons learned on James Cameron's ground-breaking performance capture film to Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Caesar, who must look real enough to convince in modern-day San Francisco, amid epic battles between man and primate. Director Rupert Wyatt will participate in the show-and-tell, and will provide a video piece on the work of Serkis as Caesar. James Franco stars as a scientist in the middle of this prequel to Planet of the Apes, which starred Charlton Heston and in the remake, Mark Wahlberg.
The movie--described by Fox as "a reality-based cautionary tale that blends science fiction and science-fact," stars Franco, Serkis, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton and David Oyelowo. Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark are producing for Chernin Entertainment under its pact with Fox. Wyatt directs from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, who are also producing.