EXCLUSIVE: ‘Planet Of The Apes’ Reboot Production ‘Just Starting,’ Director Possibly Set

Since 2008, there’s been a rumor floating around on the Internet concerning a “Planet of the Apes” reboot. Actually, it’s a “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes” reboot if you want to be precise. The original story broke on CHUD in late-2008, detailing a project, code-named “Caesar,” dealing with the origins of a talking ape-overrun Earth. “Minority Report” writer Scott Frank was set to write and direct… until it was revealed in January that he was out. Vulture learned a few weeks later that Fox is indeed still very much interested in seeing this project through.

There’s been nothing more than that until now. MTV’s Larry Carroll spoke with character designer and special effects wiz Aaron Sims on the red carpet at “Clash of the Titans” last week, and he asked for a status update on “Apes.” Sims stayed mostly mum, but he did let a few bits of info slip.

“They’re just starting. There was another director,” Sims said, clearly debating whether to say more and how much would be proper to reveal. “It’s in the process right now.”

So Larry pressed. There’s no director yet? “No–” Sims started to correct him, before falling back on his original statement. “We’re just starting on that project, it’s just coming around.”

Sims would only confirm that the movie won’t resemble the 2001 attempt directed by Tim Burton. “No, it’s not going to be Tim,” he said with a knowing grin. So what stage is Sims at now?

“Looking at a lot of chimpanzees and apes,” he replied. Give that man a banana.

Are you excited for more “Planet of the Apes”? Who should direct in place of Scott Frank?