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A. Scott Frank was the original director attached to the 2011 movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Frank studied Film at the University of California-Santa Barbara, and is best-known as a sreenwriter. His writing credits include Plain Clothes (1988), Dead Again (1991, scored by Patrick Doyle), Little Man Tate (1991), Malice (1993), Get Shorty (1995), Minority Report (2002), The Interpreter (2005), The Lookout (2007) and Marley & Me (2008). The Lookout was Frank's first foray into directing, and in late 2008, it was announced that he would direct a Planet of the Apes reboot titled Caesar, written by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa. It was later reported that Frank was also rewriting their script, which he stressed would be a sci-fi movie inspired by Planet of the Apes (rather than a remake), about a genetically altered simian that leads an ape revolution. He asked Scott Rudin to serve as producer, having enjoyed working as writer with him on Little Man Tate almost twenty years earlier. Frank further explained the film would not enter active development until February 2009. He wanted to make a hard science fiction film about genetic engineering, and use computer-generated imagery to portray Caesar's evolution.[1] During 2009, however, Scott Frank left the project, which Fox considered too expensive, too dark and too cerebral.[2] Frank was apparently unwilling to change direction, and Scott Rudin left as well. However, within weeks it was reported that Fox had hired writer Jamie Moss (Street Kings) to rework Frank's script version, and later the original writers, Silver and Jaffa, were brought back.[3] Jaffa recalled, "Amanda and I worked on it for about two years or so, and then Scott came on. We worked with Scott, and he was functioning as the director and we were the writers, and we did a few drafts with him. That was over a period of a few months, and then Scott did one draft and then moved on. There was more development, and then we were brought back at some point to bring it back to a version of where we started. So Scott did one draft."[4]


  1. "I'm not remaking 'Conquest of The Planet of the Apes'!", by Devin Faraci - Chud (December 1 2008)
  2. Scott Frank escapes The Planet of the Apes, by Devin Faraci - Chud (January 7 2010)
  3. Fox’s Planet of the Apes Reboot of the Reboot Is Back On, by Claude Brodesser-Akner - Vulture (January 22 2010)
  4. /Film Visits The Set of 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' (August 18, 2010), by Peter Sciretta - /Film (April 14th, 2011)

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