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Apes Vs. Smurfs!

Forget Alien Vs Predator or Freddy vs Jason, this summer the big guns come out as Rise of the Apes goes up against some  non-Avatar blue guys…

Twentieth Century Fox has decided to move around some of its releases and that means that their re-imagined prequel Rise of the Apes – starring James Franco and Frieda Pinto with an additional motion-capture performance from Andy Serkis – will now debut  much earlier in the summer instead of the planned November.  It is now set for a US release on June 24th.

The film is a different take on the famous franchise and establishing a new origin story for the concept that originally started with Charlton Heston crash-landing on a world ruled by primates. Tim Burton also re-imagined the idea with a reboot starring Mark Wahlberg that had… very mixed reviews.

Ironically June 24th is the day that the CGI Smurfs movie also hits cinemas, though there are also challenges from a sci-fi thriller The Darkest Hour and a Ryan Reynolds comedy, The Change-Up.  Time will tell which creations get the upper hand…