Rise Of The Apes – Best On Set Picture Ever? (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Bleeding Cool has received a cease-and-desist letter from Kasimira C. Verdi, Director – Intellectual Property, Fox Group Legal, 2121 Ave. of the Stars, Rm. 782, Century City, CA 90067, 310-369-3110.She says;

We are writing to you on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and its related entities (collectively “Fox”) which own intellectual property rights in and to the “CAESAR: RISE OF THE APES” motion picture film.  It has come to our attention that one or more images and/or links to one or more images purportedly from the set of Fox’s film were posted on the BleedingCool website… without authorization of Fox.  This conduct infringes Fox’s intellectual property rights.

We must demand that you remove these photograph(s) and/or links to these images from your website immediately.

Please confirm via e-mail that you will comply with our request.

We’re investigating its legitimacy – how can it breach copyright if it only purports to be a set shot – but, just to be nice, we have replaced the image with a cartoon version of the same.

I’m actually feeling pretty good about Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Apes, a preq-boot of the Planet of the Apes series. Starring James Franco, Frieda Pinto and Brian Cox as some of the key humans, the film will likely be stolen by Andy Serkis as Casear, the lead ape.

Here’s an on-set snap of Andy Serkis doing his motion capture thing. It’s quite brilliant – he’s so clearly in character.

The image originated at Just Jared who have since removed it. Why? Probably because the studio’s publicists were worried this image would somehow make the film appear less credible, maybe even laughable.

Sure – it’s a funny picture. But only because of the incongruity of the suit, and how Serkis’ apparently authentic chimp performance clashes with his obviously human biology. Both the silver suit and the human face are going to be wiped away by the wizards of Weta, so there won’t be an ounce of silly left by the time this hits screens.

And let’s be honest – it’s Andy Serkis doing motion capture. The track record is good – amazing, great, wonderful even – and that includes when he’s playing a primate.

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