Rise of the Planet of the Apes, despite being the sixth entry in the exhausted Planet of the Apes series (seventh if you count Tim Burton’s cross-eyed remake), and starring James Franco (who seems to be on a sub-‘Joaquin Phoenix in I’m Still Here’ journey to turn everything he does into annoying performance art), was a critical and box-office success in 2011, and managed to renew the entire franchise.  So, of course, there will be another sequel with a similar mouthful for a title.  And now it has a star, and a premise.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (say that three times fast) will now star Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless, and George Wilson in the upcoming The Great Gatsby) as the new hero of the franchise, replacing Franco as the lead

And, as directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), how will Dawn of the Planet of the Apes explain Franco’s character no longer leading the story?  Mark Bomback’s script will take place 15 years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes, making it easy to relegate him to a cameo or write him out entirely.

While plot details are sketchy, THR (via /Film), has a few scraps:

One focus is on the group of human scientists who are struggling to survive alone in San Francisco. Another aspect of the story is the struggle of intelligent ape Caesar, played by a returningAndy Serkis, to maintain dominance over his kingdom.

What do you think of the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes news?

Source: /Film