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Fox moves Franco’s “Apes” to August

By Sean O’Connell It was supposed to be 20th Century Fox’s Thanksgiving feast, a serving of “Ape” for audiences who had just devoured their turkey and sides.

Now Fox appears ready to se if James Franco and his “Rise of the Apes” can compete at the tail end of the summer season.

The studio has shifted the release date of Rupert Wyatt’s “Rise of the Apes” from Nov. 23 to Aug. 5. It’s not the first time “Apes” has swung around the schedule. At one point the latest “Planet of the Apes” story – this one an origin story set in San Francisco – was a June release before being moved back.

No word on why Fox shifted its “Apes” plans, though THR notes that the potential blockbuster, which stars Franco as a scientist experimenting on a revolutionary animal, now goes up against Universal’s “The Change-Up,” Summit’s sci-fi thriller “The Darkest Hour” and Sony’s “The Smurfs.” So maybe they just felt competition was a little less stiff, and “Apes” could rise to the top of the box office that weekend.

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