Monday, November 3, 2008

Is Fox Planning To Re-Boot The Planet Of The Apes?

Written By: Ken Hulsey
Sources: i09 / CHUD / Avery Guerra

Several online sources are starting to report that FOX has a script for brand-new "Planet of the Apes" film that they are considering making. According to these reports, this new "Apes" film won't start with a man from present day traveling forward in time to a simian controlled world. Tim Burton already did that one. This time they want to jump ahead three films to where the apes kick our ass and takeover.

Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver have written the script for "Genesis: Apes", a story that closely duplicates the 1972 movie "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes." In "Genesis" a genetically-modified ape named, Ceasar, (Taken directly from "Conquest") decides to become a terrorist and take over America by force after he is treated like any other monkey by man-kind.

Many writers agree that best way to "re-boot" the "Planet of the Apes" movie franchise may indeed be to start at "ground-zero", but they all also believe that FOX may not be willing to take a risk on making a movie that features the destruction of humanity at the hands of "Damn Dirty Apes."

We will have to wait and see on this one....


"Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" (1972), directed by J. Lee Thompson, was the fourth film of the Planet of the Apes series. It explores mankind's future history, as established in Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), and is the most violently exciting sequel in the series. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes is the rise of the ape civilization en route to their dominating planet Earth. It is also the most controversial entry because of its film noir cinema style, brutal violence, and clumsily re-shot "positive" ending.

Building upon the description given by Cornelius and Zira before the Presidential Committee in the previous film, Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), a disease killed the world's cats and dogs, leaving humans with no pet animals. To replace them, humans began keeping monkeys and apes as household pets. In time, humans noticed the apes' capacity to learn and adapt; thus they taught them to perform menial household tasks. Moreover, by 1991, the United States of America has collapsed and devolved to autonomous city-states whose society is oppressive and fascist in culture, of uniformed classes and castes, based upon ape slave labour.

Caesar leads an ape revolt against man-kind. The apes are victorious after killing most of the riot police sent to kill them. After burning into Gov. Breck's (leader of the Human forces) command post and killing most of the personnel, Caesar has Breck marched out to be executed. MacDonald appeals to Caesar's humanity to show mercy to his former persecutor. Caesar ignores him, and in a rage declares: "Where there is fire, there is smoke. And in that smoke, from this day forward, my people will crouch, and conspire, and plot, and plan for the inevitable day of Man's downfall - the day when he finally and self-destructively turns his weapons against his own kind. The day of the writing in the sky, when your cities lie buried under radioactive rubble! When the sea is a dead sea, and the land is a wasteland out of which I will lead my people from their captivity! And we will build our own cities, in which there will be no place for humans except to serve our ends! And we shall found our own armies, our own religion, our own dynasty! And that day is upon you NOW!"

See Also: Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970)(20th Century Fox) / Actress Profile - Linda Harrison / Planet Of The Apes (1974)(TV) / Planet Of The Apes (1968)

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