Thursday, November 13, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: See the Secret Ending to RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES in Concept Art by Brian Cunningham

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - by Maurice Mitchell 3


Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) concept art by Brian Cunningham
Check out Rise of the Planet of the Apes concept art by Brian Cunningham!

Think you know the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes? Think again. It turns out there was supposed to be a big reveal at the end that was cut out. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a blockbuster success and carried the tradition of the first movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It has many nods to the original films like when Dodge Landon (Tom Felton) yells out "Take your stinking paws off me, you d**n dirty ape!" and says, "It's a madhouse! A madhouse!" But it turns out there was another reference that was cut from the film. I was looking at Brian Cunningham's sweet portfolio and noticed some curious images. So, I emailed him and he sent me this description of the original ending scene that was cut.

Cunningham is a professional concept artist who's worked on  big budget movies like Godzilla (2014), Watchmen (2009) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).

Click on the images to enlarge.

"That image is from a proposed end sequence that was cut from "Rise Of The Apes". In that shot Caesar is going up the staircase inside a large building


"....cut to... a second image we see an older tattooed Caesar looking out from twisted metal...


"pull back to reveal he's observing Manhattan on fire from the back of a badly damaged Statue of Liberty..... a nod to the Charlton Heston scene from the original."


Imgur album: http://imgur.com/a/jiaxi

Why was it cut? He's not sure, but said it might have been to give some room for the sequel which hadn't been written yet.

See more of Brian Cunningham's insanely cool portfolio at http://www.novelgraphic.ca.

Click on the links if you want to see more of Brian Cunningham's work or Rise of the Planet of the Apes artwork on my blog.

What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Rise of the Planet of the Apes what do you think of the ending? Would this have been better?

Official Rise of the Planet of the Apes Summary
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a revolution; an action-packed epic featuring stunning visual effects and creatures unlike anything ever seen before. At the story's heart is Caesar (Andy Serkis), a chimpanzee who gains human-like intelligence and emotions from an experimental drug. Raised like a child by the drug's creator (James Franco), Caesar ultimately finds himself taken from the humans he loves and imprisoned. Seeking justice, Caesar assembles a simian army and escapes -- putting man and primate on a collision course that could change the planet forever."
Directed by Rupert Wyatt
Cinematography by Andrew Lesnie
Production Design by Claude Paré
Starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Andy Serkis
Release Dates: August 5, 2011
Official Site: http://www.apeswillrise.com
© Copyright 2011 Chernin Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Big Screen Productions, Ingenious Film Partners, 20th Century Fox. All rights reserved



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3 comments:

  1. I can understand why it was cut if they haven't even written the next one yet. But it's a cool shot and hopefully ends up in one of the films.

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  2. I like the concept art, though perhaps it indicates a time where the story for RISE was supposed to take place in New York instead of San Francisco, or had Caesar move to New York at the end of the story ( which may have been a stretch ).
    I would like to see the Statue of Liberty referenced somehow at the conclusion of the third film however. It will be a good way to close out the Caesar arc.

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  3. I think they should have included it and I hope it is in the third flick. Thanks, again, Maurice.

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