July 13, 2011 â€“ Los Angeles, CA â€“Â A free online digital comic book prequel to Twentieth Century Foxâ€™s epic motion picture RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, will debut in time for the pictureâ€™s release in theaters across the world on August 5. The comic, whose story is set before the events detailed in the film, presents an epic tale of two apes brutally taken from the wild and driven into a life of captivity and experimentation â€“ a journey that will alter the fate of the world forever.
Acclaimed PLANET OF THE APES comic series writer Daryl Gregory and sensational artists Damian Couceiro (HAWKS OF OUTREMER) and Tony Parker (DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?) set the stage forâ€¦ RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, the first live-action film in the history of movies to star and be told from the point of view of a sentient animal â€” a character with human-like qualities, who can strategize, organize and ultimately lead a revolution, and with whom audiences will experience a real emotional bond. The film was impossible to make until the technology, invented for Avatar and now advanced to a new dimension, caught up to the idea behind the movie.
A new free five page RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES digital comic book story debuts onhttp://www.apescomics.comÂ July 13th and each Wednesday afterwards until the final 10 page epic conclusion on August 3rd, two days before the filmâ€™s release!
â€œItâ€™s incredibly exciting to be a part of a new dynasty with one of the most beloved franchises of all time,â€ says BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie. â€œWeâ€™re proud to be working closely with Fox to tell a prelude story in the fantastic and story-rich world of the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. From what Iâ€™ve already read I can tell you that the online prelude will be exploding with enough excitement and surprises to whet the appetites of Apes fans new and old. Prepare for the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES with the free online prelude!â€
In April BOOM! Studios announced they were publishing an all new ongoing PLANET OF THE APES comics series set in the original classic 1968 movie continuity. Subsequently, a flurry of fan interest caused a complete sell-out of PLANET OF THE APES #1, sending the seminal issue into second print even before hitting store shelves!
About Fox Filmed Entertainment
One of the worldâ€™s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, Fox Filmed Entertainment produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of FFE: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Fox International Productions.
About BOOM! Studios
Award-winning â€œBest Publisherâ€ BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com)Â generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industryâ€™s top talent, including Mark Waidâ€™s series IRREDEEMABLE, Stan Leeâ€™s SOLDIER ZERO, THE TRAVELER, and STARBORN (the first new series in print from the industry icon in 20 years), new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker as well as 20th Century Foxâ€™s PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and DIE HARD, Philip K. Dickâ€™s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, and The Henson Companyâ€™s FARSCAPE. BOOM!â€™s recently rebranded all-ages imprint, KABOOM! will see publication of PEANUTS, SPACE WARPED, Roger Langridgeâ€™s SNARKED!, Scholasticâ€™s WORDGIRL, as well as continuing to publish fan-favorite Disney Afternoon series DARKWING DUCK, CHIP â€˜Nâ€™ DALE RESCUE RANGERS, DUCKTALES along with Disney standards MICKEY MOUSE, DONALD DUCK, UNCLE SCROOGE, and WALT DISNEYâ€™S COMICS AND STORIES.