If there is one man who knows everything there is to know about damn, dirty apes, it's CHUD's Devin Faraci. He's been faithfully tracking Caesar, a POTA prequel that has been brewing for two years at 20th Century Fox. (You may have also heard about it under its other titles: Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Genesis: Apes.) Faraci had the scoop of the storyline two years ago when Scott Frank was on board to write and direct, but Frank dropped out of the project in January. It was believed to be the death knell. Not so!

Now Deadline Hollywood Daily reports that Rupert Wyatt is set to direct from a script by by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. Naturally, Faraci has the scoop on the retitled Caesar: Rise of the Apes. Thankfully it's kept much of Frank's original storyline. Caesar is the highly intelligent result of one doctor's genetic research. Not only is he gifted, he continues to mutate and evolve into a new species that emerges as a threat to humanity. Faraci is full of praise for the script, not only because of how neatly it ties into the original 1968 Planet of the Apes (even Col. Taylor and the Icarus are mentioned in the background as having disappeared on a space mission), but because it's full of little trivia pieces for POTA buff. I wouldn't dream of lifting his work (just his photo), so ape buffs should visit CHUD for all the details.

I'm not a huge POTA fan, but I did like the story of Caesar, and the timing could not be better. Star Trek helped audiences accept reboots, and I think Avatar was a "My First Sci-Fi Social Commentary" experience for many moviegoers. (I don't mean to sound snooty. I think the smart Cinematical readers know the fearful types I'm describing.) Caesar could build on that trend and create its own franchise that's relevant for this day and age.