There must be something in the water because lately all the major studios have been switching around the release dates for their tentpole projects. Twentieth Century Fox has just announced the new name and date of their Planet of the Apes prequel entitled The Rise of the Apes, which they’ve set for June 24, 2011.

The Rise of the Apes has been in development for years and Fox just recently nailed down a decent script to work with. Back in March the studio announced the hiring of Rupert Wyatt as the film’s director making him the successor to the Apes franchise, which was last tackled by Tim Burton. It’s great that the studio has found a new director and a solid script but we’re more concerned about the suits. What are they going to do about the ape suits?!

According to ComingSoon, “Oscar®-winning visual effects house Weta Digital – employing certain of the groundbreaking technologies developed for Avatar – will render, for the first time ever in the film series, photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors.” We don’t know how we feel about this. Is it really Planet of the Apes without the old school costumes and makeup? We thought the work Burton did in his 2001 version was pretty solid and now they’re going to get all CGI on us.

Do you agree or disagree with the studio’s decision to make the Ape’s mostly CGI? Are you interested in seeing a prequel?