Early release date for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes sparks protest

Filmmakers in South Korea are protesting an earlier release date of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The Hollywood film was originally scheduled to be released on July 16, but was pushed to July 10. 20th Century Fox Korea had the film approved by the Korea Media Rating Board early, so it moved up the date. This has upset local filmmakers and distributors, who feel it is unfair because it will affect several smaller films opening at the box office that week. It is expected to cause numerous screens allotted to domestic films to be shifted.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the latest film in the Rise of the Planet of the Apes franchise. It is a spinoff of the remake of Planet of the Apes in 2001. There have been numerous films made involving morality and the current issues of social change. This film is a blend of action and science fiction, about a nation of genetically evolved apes feeling threatened by human survivors. With impressive CGI effects and a compelling storyline, the film has received positive reviews and is expected to be a summer blockbuster.

The Korea Film Producers Association filed a complaint stating their concern about what it would do to the market.”We urge that the film’s distributor, 20th Century Fox Korea, immediately cancels this unconventional release and help lead the way for a healthy film distribution market,” the association said.

The film franchise has done well abroad. Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011 was one of South Korea’s highest grossing films. The early release date is causing friction amongst the country’s filmmakers, who feel it will take away from domestic films. The action film about apes trying to live in peace with humans is anticipated to be a hit.