Sources: Variety, Deadline New York
James Franco will star in Rise of the Apes for 20th Century Fox and director Rupert Wyatt. The project is set to begin shooting on July 5.
The new Apes is reportedly set in contemporary San Francisco, and Franco will play a scientist.
Fox tried to dig up the Apes property nearly 10 years ago with director Tim Burton and star Mark Wahlberg. The 2001 release was able to gross $180 million domestically, which translates to $253.2 million when adjusting for inflation. Yet a sequel never happened. Perhaps Franco and Wyatt will have better luck building a new series of films.
Franco will next be seen in 127 Hours for Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle.