Fox is Actually Considering Another Planet of the Apes?
About a month back we brought you some details on a Planet of the Apes prequel titled Genesis: Apes. Apparently the script, written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (of The Relic), had been floating around Fox for quite a while. It actually sounded like an interesting story that I would've supported if it ever got made. Well, CHUD has come through again with another update, this time from Fox CEO Tom Rothman. The Fox Movie Channel is showing all five Planet of the Apes movies (presumably as a promo for the new box set) and at the end of the original Planet of the Apes, Rothman himself chimed in with an exciting update.
"We are very close at Fox on a new Apes script - this one a kind of prequel story before the first story, with a return to the social thematics that mark the first one, but with an entirely contemporary setting - Earth 2009." Sounds a lot like that Genesis: Apes script, which was set in modern day. And the fact that Rothman specifically mentions 2009 makes me wonder if they're trying to push this into production next year. With a dismal summer this year, Fox has been going back to trusted franchises for future projects - and I imagine Planet of the Apes is one of them. Stay tuned - because we might see some official announcements soon!