LRA writes: Until about a few months before Rise of the Planet of the Apes (which will be known as ROTPOTA from this point forward) was to be released I had no idea it was even being made. That is a shocker for me because I generally am pretty up to date on what films are being made well in advance of any sort of promotional media being released for it. I think part of the reason this was such a silent production is that the franchise itself wasn't too well regarded anymore and any early word leaked about it might have caused fans (such as myself) to be unkind towards the series revival. I know it isn't very fair to wish a series die off after an unsuccessful attempt to bring it back but I honestly didn't know where else they could go with it. Nobody wanted a sequel to the 2001 "re-imagining" and nobody wanted to attempt to restart it once again. Ten years heals a lot of wounds though and after my first viewing of the trailer for ROTPOTA I was surprisingly shocked by how promising it looked. I knew, and I am sure the filmmakers knew this as well, that they had a lot to prove to justify letting the apes out of their cages once again.